Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham to Make Decision on Finishing Premier League Season at Neutral Venues. The Premier League have always maintained that their aim is to finish the season when it is safe to do so, Premier League clubs are set to vote “on Friday” to determine whether the season can be finished at neutral venues.
England’s top-flight was brought to a standstill in March due to the coronavirus outbreak across the country.
Although the Premier League has always maintained that their aim is to finish the season when it is safe to do so, there are now doubts over whether the season will resume at all.
As previously reported, football will only return with government approval, however, according to the Mirror, there is now concern that clubs will back a restart at “approved” neutral venues.
Premier League rules mean that votes need a 14-6 majority to get a motion through, and the Mirror report that the vote, at this moment in time, is finely balanced heading into decision day on Friday.
They claim the clubs who spoke up against the restart in the current guise were those in the bottom six – Brighton, West Ham, Watford, Bournemouth, Aston Villa, and Norwich.
While Newcastle, Southampton, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Leicester, and Sheffield United “were all very strong on finishing” during the meeting.
There was also, according to the report, concern from one club that Premier League clubs employ over 600 staff and their jobs will be jeopardy along with community schemes if they cannot get going again because of the finances at stake.
Clubs were also presented with a seven-page document of a stage one return to training which would mean strict social distancing including four players and a goalkeeper on one pitch that will be used if clubs vote to finish the season on Friday.
While The Times newspaper claims that the Premier League is expected to organize meetings between club captains and Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) representatives with medical experts to answer any concerns.
The PFA is expected to insist that no player who has reservations about playing should be made to do so.