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Villa CEO publicly opposes neutral venue plan

Villa chief executive Christian Purslow warned clubs would not support measures which increases his club’s chance of relegation.

And League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan insisted on Wednesday that the season could be cancelled if the plan is not backed.

Purslow has insisted that taking away home advantage would punish clubs such as Villa. “Personally I’m against it,” he said on Talksport. “We’re a club that prides itself on home form. Two-thirds of our wins this season have come at home.

“We’ve got six home games left to play and I think any Villa fan would agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa and I certainly wouldn’t agree to that unless those circumstances are right.”

Purslow said discussions around Project Restart are hugely complicated saying there is no clear answer on how to do it.

“At the bottom end of the table there’s a much smaller revenue base, but the risk of relegation is probably a £200m catastrophe for any club that mathematically could still go down,” he said.

When you say to any club, ‘We want you to agree to a bunch of rule changes that may make it more likely that you get relegated’, they’re not thinking about TV money, they’re thinking, ‘My goodness, am I going to agree to something that results in me being relegated and losing £200m?'”

A vote is due to take place on Monday on proposals for a return to football.

And the neutral stadium proposal needs 14 out of the 20 clubs to vote in favour for it to be adopted.

LMA chief Beven was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme if he thought that voting against the measures could result in the season being cancelled.

“Yes, I think that probably is correct,” he said. “The government, if they haven’t already, will be making it clear that home matches with densely populated stadia, really puts into question whether social distancing rules can be adhered to.”

Bevan, meanwhile, also said there was no suggestion players or managers were being coerced into a restart.

“Hopefully, there will be solutions that create this safe environment,” he said. “In the meantime, we’re staying very open-minded and as always the managers take their responsibility to the game very seriously on all these issues.”

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2 comments on “Villa CEO publicly opposes neutral venue plan

  1. This really is a nonsense to even contemplate re-starting the season. Why would a player risk his career just to please some overpaid Premier League and TV Execs?

    This virus attacks the lungs and it is unclear at this stage what sort of medium or long term damage it can cause. If a player gets infected and it causes long term damage that could be career over; if you can’t breath properly, you can’t run!

    So who will be responsible for compensating the player? I can’t imagine the Insurance Industry is lining up for that bill!

    They need to grow up and re group for next season when the way forward may be less fraught with risk.

  2. Two thirds if Villa’s points have come at home – and they have 6 home games left. Relegation would cost them around £200m. What kind of imbicile would expect them, or others like them, to give that up? Just so the ‘big boys’ of the PL can line their pockets! Football is sinking lower and lower and lower in the public estimation – especially when upwards of 600 poor soles are dying every day. I’m becoming ashamed of the sport I love!

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