Premier League clubs remain split over neutral stadiums after four-hour ‘Project Restart’ talks

Premier League clubs are still in disagreement over using neutral grounds when football returns.

The English top-flight has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 32,000 people in the UK.

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Wembley Stadium has been discussed as a possible neutral ground for Premier League clubs
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The government says sport in the UK can resume on June 1 at the earliest behind closed doors.

And the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ proposal aims to resume the current 2019/20 campaign on June 12.

However, one issue with restarting the season is the use of neutral grounds, which has been opposed by at least six clubs.

Watford, Aston Villa and Brighton have publicly spoken out against the idea of not using home grounds.

And The Sun claims clubs are still split over the neutral grounds proposal following a four-hour long meeting with Premier League chiefs on Monday.

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The report adds that clubs voted on the decision to extend the contracts of players whose deals are running out past June 30.

It means players will be able to stay with their respective clubs until the end of the season, which looks set to be in late July, if they want to.

As for loan players, both club and player will have to approve on a decision to extend any deal.

But the main problem revolves around playing at neutral grounds. a proposal which needs at least 14 clubs to vote in favour for it to be confirmed.

Last week, Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow told talkSPORT he was against the idea of using neutral venues.

He said: “Personally, I am against it. We are a club that prides itself on our home form; I think two thirds of our wins this season have come at home.

“We’ve got six home games left to play so I think any Villa fan will agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa.

“And I certainly wouldn’t agree to that, unless the circumstances were right.”


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