Premier League: British police ask for perspective on neutral locations plan
Premier league clubs object to the idea of playing their remaining matches in neutral venues once competition resumes they must realize that people's lives are at stake and football concerns should take a back seat, British police has said.
Mark Roberts, the national lead for football policing, told Sky he was concerned about some of the comments he had heard regarding the conditions for restarting the league, which was suspended in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussions on the resumption of games continue after the clubs were told that only approved health and safety neutral venues will be allowed.
"The things that are starting to concern me a little as we get closer to a potential restart are comments we're hearing on the margins by people involved in football ," Deputy Chief Constable Roberts said.
... Comments like 'we could be relegated', 'we don't want to play in neutral places',' when we played outside there were fans in the stadium ', we played at home without fans, that's a disadvantage', 'we want to get the trophy'.
"I get this in a football context that these are all a big deal. But in the context where 30,000 people have died (in the UK) and the total is still going up, then it's not such a big deal.
"We want to work with football ... get the season back going for the commercial reasons, for the morale reasons ... but we have to remind ourselves that cannot be at the risk of putting a single further life in jeopardy," Roberts said.