The Premier League have reportedly held ‘positive talks’ over the possibility of resuming the season on a home-and-away basis in a bid to resolve the controversial neutral ground proposals.
Talks are continuing over a return for the Premier League with the government having provisionally given the green light for professional sport to return behind-closed-doors next month, though several obstacles remain before plans to finish the campaign can be finalised.
Amongst the stumbling blocks was the strong opposition from several clubs against the concept of playing remaining fixtures at neutral venues across the country, the league’s bottom six particularly concerned at the prospect of playing a relegation run-in without home advantage.
According to the Times, however, ‘positive talks’ have now been held between senior football figures, government officials and the police, though safety remains the key issue ahead of any plans, with fears remaining about gatherings of supporters outside stadiuns.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, this week expressed his concerns over football potentially returning to the capital, London having been one of the worst-affected cities in the world amid pandemic.
There also remains the obstacle of convincing Premier League players to return to action in the current climate with several leading stars – including Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Newcastle’s Danny Rose – having publicly expressed their fears over returning to the sport.
The Premier League will today hold conference calls with all 20 club captains and managers – alongside medical professionals and representatives from the Professional Footballer’s Association and League Managers Association – to discuss player welfare and potential medical protocols.