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How Bundesliga holds key to Premier League restart as club chief urges Government battle

How Bundesliga holds key to Premier League restart as club chief urges Government battle 1

A four-hour meeting on Friday threw up as many questions as it answered. While the clubs voted unanimously in favour of completing the campaign, opinion was divided has to how.

Once the Government have made clear its latest lockdown proposals on Sunday, the top flight will log in for another video conference in which the medical experts will try to reach further agreement over the protocols that need to be in place for a return to training ahead of fixtures resuming.

But with Brighton’s Paul Barber expected to speak as passionately as he did in a press conference arranged with Brighton yesterday, the real sticking point looks set to be neutral grounds again.

Since the meeting last week, the south coast club have gone public with their objection. Both they and Aston Villa have the majority of their remain games as home fixtures and are unwilling to give them up lightly.

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The Premier League have been working on what criteria make a good neutral venue – on-site facilities suitable for social distancing, secure surroundings away from housing and the levels of pandemic affecting nearby hospitals.

They had then planned after Monday’s meeting to look at specific meetings.

This latest initiative by Barber, if it garners the support he believes it can, will slow that process down and as a result it is now thought there will be little by way of any sort of resolution at the end of Monday’s meeting.

If Barber does succeed on taking the neutral venue idea off the table completely, the Premier League will then be struggling to form a collective plan for a return in time for UEFA’s May 25 request for all proposals across the continent.

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