Barber says Brighton fans would respect any measure taken to resume Premier League
Brighton (United Kingdom): Chief Executive and Vice President of Brighton Paul Barber has said he hopes fans will support any measure that can be put in place to resume the Premier league behind closed doors.
We have had conversations with Sussex police about playing behind closed doors and the fans that appear. It is something that worries them. How do we stop it? I think we have to appeal to the best nature of people and the only thing that has really impressed me the way the British public has respected the emergency shutdown The club's official website said, citing Barber.
"Yes, of course, there have been exceptions. But if you think about the population in this country and the relatively small number of incidents when emergency shutdown has been abused, I think people have behaved impeccably. I would expect Brighton fans to respect any measures we put in place to make sure a game behind closed doors took place and I'm sure my colleagues at the other 19 clubs would feel the same about their fans," he added.
Premier league clubs met on Friday to discuss the next steps in Project Restart with the aim to return to Premier league action in June if the government says it is safe to do so, said the club in a statement.
Barber further stated that they cannot stop an entire industry for a relatively small number of people who could do the wrong thing.
"But if we were still in a emergency shutdown or social distancing measures were still in place, which we very much would expect them to be, and some fans simply ignored that they would obviously expect to receive punishment from the Police first and foremost. And obviously, if they brought the club into disrepute, then I'm sure we would look at measures as well," he said.
"There's always going to be someone who lets themselves down, but we can't stop an entire industry for a relatively small amount of people who might do the wrong thing. Hopefully, people will continue to respect the emergency shutdown , continue to bring the virus infections rates down and protect themselves and their families," added Barber.
Barber previously objected to playing games in neutral venues. We are not in favor of playing our remaining matches in neutral locations, he said.