Contrasting reports are emerging about the possibility of Arsenal and the Premier League’s possible return, while a number of sources remain adamant that this season will be completed.
Today’s report claimed that PL clubs have agreed on eight stadiums which are to be used to play out the remaining fixtures, which will all be played behind closed doors.
On the flip side, West Ham and Brighton have both voiced concerns over the above. The Seagulls have claimed that playing at a neutral venue could be detrimental to their side, and harm the ‘integrity’ of the campaign.
You can completely understand Brighton’s concerns, especially with home ties remaining against Man City, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool which could decide the club’s survival.
“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,” Brighton chief Paul Barber said.
“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.”
Frank Lampard has also voiced his concerns at the current obstacles which present themselves in attempting to restart, including obtaining the test kits to test all these players and staff, as well as not being keen on taking any of these potential kits away from the front lines.
It certainly sounds as if while the clubs are keen to get the go-ahead to get back into action, claiming that there is an agreement to return is somewhat bleak.
Players are also said to be worried about returning to action amidst the pandemic, and one club has apparently told players that they have the option to opt-out of a return to action over health and safety issues, which places a whole cloud over the claims that a return is close.
Are clubs trying to make these decisions without consulting coaches and players? Could there be uproar from the players if the go-ahead is given?