One of the major obstacles to ‘Project Restart’ appears to have been overcome as Premier League matches may now be allowed to take place at their usual stadiums.
Several clubs expressed opposition to plans to resume at neutral venues, including Brighton and Aston Villa, and there were fears that authorities would not allow football to return any other way.
Now, however, the Daily Mail reports that ‘a number’ of forces have no issue with games being played at the usual venues.
They will require certain safety criteria to be met – the primary criteria being that clubs recruit enough stewards to ensure social distancing can be adhered to if fans turn up at stadiums.
The issue of supporters heading to stadiums was said to be a key factor behind the proposal to play games at neutral venues, but it is considered just as likely that fans will head to these neutral stadiums anyway.
As long as clubs agree to pay for the officers required for the necessary stewarding criteria, games going ahead at the 20 Premier League grounds appears to be on the cards.
More to follow…