May 07, 2020, 15:23 pm
Rafael ‘Fali’ Jiménez Jarque, who plays as a defender for Cádiz CF, has become the first Spanish player to refuse to return to training and will give up his wages amid the Coronavirus crisis.
The 26-year-old, who made 23 league appearances before league games were canceled also vowed to quit football until a Coronavirus vaccine is found.
While football in Spain is set to restart in June with training sessions to kick off this weekend, Fali said he will not be involved.
Fali told radio station Cadena Cope:
‘I do not plan to play football and I will not ask for wages because I am a player of principles, We are crazy if we have any intention of playing football because we would be exposing ourselves to a high level of risk. I will not train or play again if there is any risk. If I have to quit football, I will.
Cadiz president Manuel Vizcaino understood his opposition but said he would try to convince Fali to play.