- Rafael Jarque who plays for Cadiz CF will not return to football until coronavirus vaccine has been found
- The Spanish government has given teams green light to return to training this month
- All football actions in Spain have been on hold since mid-March over the ravaging nature of the pandemic
Spanish defender Rafael Jiménez Jarque has turned down a chance to return to football action for fear of deadly coronavirus.
The 26-year-old who can also play in the defensive midfield role currently plays for lower-division outfit Cadiz CF and he has insisted that this will remain until a vaccine is found for COVID-19.
Fali, as he is fondly referred to admitted that he will willingly give up his wage until he feels it is safe to play again.
The Spaniard is one of the key players in his team having made 24 appearances before league action was suspended in March.
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According to SunSport, the player is hoping his decision will protect his family, adding that he might have to find another job if football becomes too dangerous for him because of coronavirus.
He told Cadena Cope: "I do not plan to play football and I will not ask for wages because I am a player of principles.
"I will not charge the club because I do not deserve it. The most important thing is my health and that of my daughters.
"I have a little money saved, if I need to find another job I will do so – but I do not want to expose myself or my family."
No fewer than 26,000 fatalities have been recorded after over 256,000 cases recorded since the pandemic broke out in Spain.
The European country announced they were locking down everything in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly virus on March 13.
Players are back in training already after the country lifted the ban on movement but it is unsure when exactly league actions return to center stage.
However, fans will still not be allowed at stadia eventually when the leagues' resume, meanwhile, Germany have set May 16 return date for the Bundesliga.
Legit.ng earlier reported that German officials have stated that the Bundesliga will restart on May 16 becoming the first European league to resume following the coronavirus shutdown.
Upon resumption, one of fiercest rivalries in German football will be rekindled as Schalke and Borussia Dortmund face-off in yet another edition of the derby.
Champions Bayern Munich, who are four points clear at the top of the table, travel to Union Berlin on Sunday, May 17.
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