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Clubs disagree on Neutral Venues for Premier League Start

During the ongoing Coronavirus situation, it started to become apparent that It would be very difficult for things to go back to normal quickly. The same can be said for football, and the virus has had disastrous consequences for the game itself.

Ligue 1 has officially ended with PSG crowned champions while Lyon takes the LFP to court (who’d have guessed). The Eredevise has also ended the season with NO CHAMPION crowned and no team relegated from the league.

The two leagues that are still hopeful of getting the season underway are Bundesliga and the Premier League; with the latter devising different methods through meetings with the government and each other to complete the season safely.

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According to the recent statement by the Premier League, there was a united ambition to complete the season, and to do that, neutral venues have been suggested. Which hasn’t sat well with most clubs as they consider it a disadvantage?

According to The Athletic, the proposal for neutral venues has been met with opposition and concerns. We understand that the key reasoning for the discussion of a neutral venue is to make sure fans cannot congregate outside their team’s grounds.

As suggested by David Ornstein the following proposals were presented (and rejected)

  • 10 Neutral Venues are chosen with Wembley not being considered.
  • Bournemouth, Watford, West Ham and Brighton oppose the idea
  • The ‘Big 6’ along with Aston Villa and Everton accept.
  • VAR to be implemented in all games
  • One base at which teams will arrive and sleep at

But that isn’t as simple, as this suggestion has been deemed to back the more ‘bigger clubs’. There have even been doubts about the integrity of the game

All 20 Premier league clubs have signed a multi millionaire deals with broadcasting companies which they would have to pay back in full (725m to be exact) if the season isn’t completed.

Along the way of completing that, maybe football has lost its integrity by putting the economic impacts of the season over people’s health. But then again, there is a World Cup to be held in Qatar so…who’s to say?