Premier League desire for home and away venues confirmed despite fear of fans congregating

The Premier League wants to play out the season “as much as possible” at home and away venues, says chief executive Richard Masters.

Top-flight officials were previously looking to carry out fixtures at neutral hubs across the country if the season resumes, only for the majority of clubs to express their opposition to the concept.

Nevertheless, fears have grown that supporters will defy coronavirus restrictions and congregate outside stadiums if matches are played at home venues.

Liverpool, who are on the verge of becoming champions, slammed the city’s Mayor earlier this month for suggesting Reds fans will gather outside Anfield if they wrap up the title.

Fears have grown that Premier League matches resuming at home and away venues could lead to fans gathering outside stadiums
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But Masters has revealed the Premier League are now keen for matches to be held at home and away venues, insisting supporters can be persuaded to stay away from stadiums.

“[We want] to play out the season as much as possible at home and away venues,” he told BBC Sport.

“We’re talking to the authorities about that.

But Prem chief Richard Masters says they are looking to play out the season “as much as possible” at home and away venues
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“I do believe we can appeal to fans not to congregate outside football grounds or go to other people’s houses to watch football matches in contravention of government guidelines.”

Premier League teams were finally able to return to training this week, albeit for non-contact social-distancing sessions.

And Masters has identified mid-June as a potential restart date after taking “the first step”.

Masters has identified mid-June as a “staging post” to resume matches after teams returned to training this week
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