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Neutral venue plan is flawed

Yesterday it emerged that the Premier League want to complete their final 92 fixtures behind closed doors at neutral venues.

The latest reports claim that the football authorities have approved 8-10 venues to play the remaining fixtures which are said to include the London Stadium, the Emirates and the Etihad.

The stadia were chosen based on how easy it will be to prevent fans from gathering and travelling to the venue,  how easy it will be to prevent fans getting close to the stadium and the ease of implementing social distancing, the infection rate in the local area and previous history when it comes to games being disrupted.

Football authorities would also attempt to keep the exact scheduling and location of games under wraps until the last minute, although they will also try and ensure that teams do not have to travel too far. No team would be allowed to play at their own home ground.

The Premier League plan will require 40,000 coronavirus testing kits with players tested twice a week before training. The plan is for 35 players and members of the coaching staff to be tested with additional tests carried out on broadcast and match-day personnel which the Premier League hope to limit to 300 – before games.

If the Government approves the plan Premier League hopes to resume matches on June 13th with a climax on July 26th.

The plan to complete the Premier League fixtures becomes ever more complex by the day with clubs, players and supporters becoming more and more disillusioned by the whole fiasco.  Many believe someone should step up and be brave enough to call the whole thing off.

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About Sean Whetstone

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

4 comments on “Neutral venue plan is flawed

  1. If you cancel this season don’t you have to cancel next season too?

    My opinion is that this season has to be completed, whenever that might be, before you can start a new season.

  2. My opinion is that no footballer should be put at more risk than anyone else in the country. If the season is to be completed fairly then we have to wait until all restrictions are lifted and crowds can once again go to football matches. This will ensure teams fighting for European places and against relegation, get the same home advantage all teams enjoyed against them in previous games. Playing with no crowds on a neutral ground doesn’t sound like a home game to me. Therefore it is totally unfair.

    • I don’t disagree at all except to say that I don’t think that will happen (full crowds etc) until there is a vaccine, which could be 2021 if at all..

  3. Next season will probably have to be played behind closed doors but all teams will be in the same boat from the start. To finish this season on closed grounds puts some teams in a disadvantaged position, denied the same crowd support and home ground advantage their opponents enjoyed against them earlier in the season.

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