PL saga rumbles on as clubs make decision on playing at neutral venues

Premier League clubs are opposed to playing at neutral venues to get the season finished.

League bosses will make a presentation to all 20 clubs on Friday to outline their ideas to play the remaining 92 games all behind closed doors at “approved stadiums” under strict coronavirus guidelines.

But the biggest obstacle facing the season being completed is the clubs being against neutral grounds while also voicing major concerns about the morality of playing football during a pandemic.

It has led to a growing number of clubs and major figures within football fearing the chances of completing the season are fading rapidly and it may have to be voided or curtailed.

Premier League bosses are watching closely developments in the Bundesliga after German football put back their decision on whether to restart until next Thursday while Ligue 1 finished the season early and crowned Paris-Saint Germain champions.

It is understood that St George’s Park is now off the table as a potential venue, the FA have offered Wembley but that is now unlikely and clubs believe losing home advantage would ruin the integrity of the League.

Project Restart – the task force set up with Government approval – has had a special team looking at stadiums and using neutral venues.

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber has insisted playing at home is “an absolute priority” and Mirror Sport understands that many other clubs feel the same.

Barber said: “As I've said several times during this crisis, however the season gets completed it's going to be imperfect – and the imperfection will almost certainly be playing behind closed doors.

“What we wouldn't want is to have a further imperfection of having to play in a neutral venue.

"The Amex is a world class stadium with great facilities and whatever we're required to do to meet health and safety guidelines, then we would expect to be able to meet them.”

Brighton striker Glenn Murray also insisted the idea of strict training guidelines with players expected to wear face masks, get tested twice a week and using sterilised balls has made it “quite farcical.”

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