Plans to end Premier League season in neutral behind closed doors are backed by stadiums in the South, Midlands and North ready to host high-level matches to minimize risk of coronavirus
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It is increasingly likely that what remains of the Premier League season will be played on neutral venues behind closed doors in the event of football returning.
It is feared that the organization of matches on the original sites is logistically impossible when certain restrictions are likely to remain due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, designated stadiums in the south, the Midlands and the north would organize matches to minimize the movement of staff, television and medical teams.
FA has proposed using Wembley as a neutral hub for Premier League matches
The FA has proposed the use of Wembley and St George’s Park, and other sites are under investigation. Several matches could be played on the same day on the same site.
There are also concerns that if matches were played on the original sites, supporters would show up.
Police are unlikely to be able to deploy the numbers necessary to ensure supporters are kept away from stadiums.
There are fears that the organization of matches on the original sites is logistically impossible
It remains to be seen if football returns. Privately, some high flying clubs think there is very little chance of the campaign being over and they are increasingly convinced that Sky Sports and BT Sport broadcasters will not try to recover the 370 million pounds sterling due for exceptional matches.
The FA plans to end the Women’s Super League on neutral sites and other sports, including cricket, are examining similar plans.
Old Trafford and Southampton’s Ageas Bowl – each of which has an on-site hotel – are slated to host cricket matches in England.
Sources say the ECB will hold a board meeting this week to discuss five different plans.
Some top clubs believe there is very little chance of the campaign being over