Wembley Stadium being considered as ‘neutral’ venue for Premier League games

Wembley Stadium is back on the list of potential neutral venues to stage Premier League games this season.

Top-flight clubs had wanted to play the remaining 92 matches this season at their usual stadiums.

But the eight to 10 grounds to stage fixtures behind closed doors will be chosen by the Government and police – and the national stadium in north-west London fits the bill.

Stadiums like Anfield and St James' Park are located in densely-populated areas where it would be difficult to limit fans who attempted to congregate outside the arenas and break social distancing rules.

But Wembley is located on a retail park to make crowd control easier – and has nearby hotel and conferencing facilities which could be used by clubs.

Six clubs expressed doubts about details of Project Restart at a meeting last Friday, with Brighton chief executive Paul Barber already publically coming out against neutral venues because he feels it would disadvantage his team.

Brighton were two points above the relegation zone when the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They were due to have home games against Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal before the end of the season which could prove crucial to their survival hopes.

At least 14 of the top 20 clubs need to approve the plan.

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