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London Mayor opposes return of football in London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is opposed to the Premier League’s plan to resume football in London.

Khan believes it is premature to think about the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and West Ham to playing fixtures in the capital in June.

The Premier League are aiming to restart by June 12, with 22 of the remaining 92 fixtures in London and a further five at Watford’s Vicarage Road.

Khan is keen to push back on plans for any top-flight sport in a city which has been one of the worst hit despite a noticeable dip in numbers in recent weeks. A spokesperson for the Mayor’s office told London Standard Sport: “Sadiq is extremely keen for the Premier League and professional sport in general to resume. However, with the country still in the grips of this crisis, and hundreds of people dying every day, he believes that it is too early to be discussing the resumption of the Premier League and top-flight sport in the capital.

“Sadiq is also concerned about the welfare of players competing in all professional sports, not just football,” added the spokesman. “There are huge questions to be asked how players could train safely, how they would travel to matches and how they could play competitive matches without the risk of spreading infection.”

As the Mayor is the ultimate owner of the London Stadium through the LLDC, he could in theory block West Ham’s use of the stadium on safety grounds.

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “London Mayor opposes return of football in London

  1. That’s the most sensible thing his said since he became Mayor of London. Only because he cant afford to pay the stadium staff.

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