Since March 23, the United Kingdom has been in containment to combat the spread of the new coronavirus. Football has obviously been stopped for several weeks and this situation has a strong impact on professional players. According to revelations from the Telegraph, at least a dozen pros across the Channel have asked for help in the fight against alcohol and gambling addiction and depression when they must, just like the rest of the population, stay at home.
The British daily explains that 258 players have contacted the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) to ask for help in the past two weeks. Among this total, 64 of them belong to the first four English divisions (Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two) as well as to the first female division, while thirteen of these cases were classified “at high risk” after showing symptoms of depression and dependence, but also problems with self-harm. The PFA has expressed its concern about the health of the players in the round during this period of confinement.