‘I am not that crazy’ - City fan Warne on where football ranks amid coronavirus outbreak

Norwich City fan and Rotherham United chief Paul Warne has revealed two of his squad are self-isolating with suspected coronavirus symptoms Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Norwich City fan and Rotherham United chief Paul Warne has revealed two of his squad are self-isolating with suspected coronavirus symptoms Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

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Norwich City nut Paul Warne has revealed two of his Rotherham United players are in self-isolation after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

The lifelong Canaries’ supporter had guided the Millers into the top two in League One, before professional sport was put on hold as the global pandemic spreads.

City defender Sean Raggett confirmed on Saturday he is one of four cases at Portsmouth, and Rotherham duo Lewis Price and frontman Freddie Ladapo were effectively in quarantine over the past week or so.

“It is just surreal at the moment,” said Warne. “Lewis Price’s brother has the virus and he spent some time with him. He has symptoms so he is self-isolating for two weeks. Then just before we got the news games were off (nine days ago), Freddie phoned up. He had a fever, which is also a sign, so he is self-isolating.

“I won’t lose sleep over the football. We are in a fortunate position. I have a couple of friends who are self-employed. Another one who is a fitness coach so they are not going to earn any money.

“The difficulty is not knowing when it gets back to normal.

The rest of Rotherham’s squad had continued to train last week, but Warne has now called a halt after the football authorities extended the original suspension until April 30.

“We have tried to keep it business as usual as best we can without any risks,” said Warne, speaking to the Millers’ official site. “They have been given extra training kit and when they turn up they just come straight to the training pitches.

“In our position we would love the season to finish but not to the well being of anyone’s health. I am not that crazy. If the season ended now of course I would be disappointed but let’s put it into context with what is happening in the world.

“It is a bit like the last day at school now, when you used to take in games like Connect four. You are still going but there is no exam. The training feels like there is no pressure and a matchday is the hardest part of the job.

“It’s like they are 11 at a soccer camp and Mum picks them up with their sandwiches.

“As much as we all love football this is not the most important thing. In weeks and months to come we hope life goes back to normal and we can watch the lads running around.”

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