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West Ham matches could be played outside London

Premier League football matches could be played away from London when football resumes because London is a hot spot on the pandemic.

The Telegraph claims that talks between the stakeholders including the Premier League, Football Association and EFL are already underway and have included the possibility of taking games to alternative venues in the process of returning to action safely.

At the weekend it was recorded that London had 39 per cent of the UK’s 5,018 confirmed cases.

Spurs, Arsenal and West Ham’s stadiums hold more than 60,000 supporters. Whether matches need to be held elsewhere has been discussed over the past week between administrators after football closed its doors to allow the pandemic to be tackled.  Neutral grounds for league matches would be one solution should football be moved from the capital.

Claret and Hugh say

It comes as no surprise that this option is being discussed but if implemented it would need to be a level playing field for all teams to ensure fairness and that London teams are not penalised just because of their locations.  If London teams are forced to play at neutral grounds maybe all games should be played at neutral grounds. There are so many twists and turns relating to completing the football season and this is just one of many options being considered

The Premier League will resume talks about the impact of the coronavirus at its next club meeting, which has been scheduled for April 3.

It has been reported that the Premier League is scheduling a plan which involves games resuming from June 1, which will be played behind closed doors, which would allow the 2019/20 campaign to be concluded by August 8  the weekend that would have seen the 2020/21 season kick-off in normal and usual circumstances.


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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

2 comments on “West Ham matches could be played outside London

  1. 20-40,000 fans travelling to outside the capital. Think about it. Social distancing doesn’t work if fans travel out of the locale en masse. Perhaps play matches without away fans??? And any other flawed suggestions. Whatever happens to be agreed is a big compromise.

  2. Are they for real ? So we go and play for example Aston Villa in the midlands and give up home advantage. Complete joke. Dont think so.Time they realised the season is done.

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