Premier League agrees to go behind closed doors at neutral venues for June restart

Premier League clubs up and down the country remain determined to get the 2019/20 campaign completed on the pitch and have agreed to play at neutral venues.

While the coronavirus crisis continues and the UK remains in lockdown, the Government has been in positive talks over football returning at the top level.

So long as health and safety protocols are obeyed, the intention is still to get the final 92 Premier League matches played.

The latest meeting of Premier League chiefs and club executives was held today in a video conference which lasted four hours.

A host of issues were due to be discussed from squads returning to training to the prospect of wearing masks and players being tested for Covid-19.

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Following today’s talks, it has been made clear that France’s decision to cancel the Ligue 1 season has not swayed the thought process in England.

The possible return date of June 8 remains the target, but more negotiations are set to be held next Friday on May 8.

Crucially, though, the big development today was Premier League games will be staged behind closed doors at neutral stadiums.

West Ham’s London Stadium is also seen as another suitable neutral venue amond the 12-strong list
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No club will play at their home ground to keep things fair, with 12 stadiums set to be used.

Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium and West Ham’s London Stadium are believed to be on the list.

Fans will have to get used to the prospect of staying away from matches too.

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Fans will be kept away from stadiums still, including Manchester City’s Etihad
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