By Jason Jones

3rd May, 2020 | 5:09pm

Report - West Ham chiefs deliver stance on drastic PL restart plan

West Ham are set to oppose plans to finish the Premier League season at a neutral venue amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, according to Sky Sports

It is understood that clubs were informed on Friday that the only way the remaining 92 fixtures that are left to play could be completed this term is if they are hosted by a small number of neutral venues.

Since then, Brighton and Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber has voiced his side’s unwillingness to pursue such a plan of action, and the Hammers have been named as one of his main allies in taking that stance.


As quoted by Sky, Barber said: “Clearly, we must all be prepared to accept some compromises, and we fully appreciate why playing behind closed doors is very likely to be a necessary compromise to play our remaining games while continuing to fully support the government’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

“But at this critical point in the season playing matches in neutral venues has, in our view, potential to have a material effect on the integrity of the competition.”

What can we take from this?

You can certainly understand why the Hammers are so opposed to the Premier League’s plan to play any remaining fixtures at a small number of neutral venues.

For one thing, there is no saying how safe that would actually be just yet.

It is obviously a much smarter option than playing across the length and breadth of the country, but there are still concerns.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero openly admitted earlier in the week that he is scared of returning to action under current circumstances, while our own Aaron Cresswell has previously admitted that he is “petrified” about catching the virus because of his newborn daughter.

Moreover, from a footballing point of view, it is obviously going to be a shock to the system to not have the familiarities of a home ground to fall back on, and when there is a relegation battle at stake, that shock could prove to be a disaster for the Irons.

Compromises may have to be made, but opposing this plan doesn’t seem like the worst idea.

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