Harry Winks reveals proposed idea is ‘not something that anybody really wants to do’

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham midfielder, Harry Winks, has admitted that some players are not relishing the prospect of behind closed doors games but admitted that they are ready to do so if required.

Recent reports suggest that the Premier League is contemplating the idea of finishing the season behind closed doors with the games possibly being played in neutral venues (Sky Sports).

It is suggested that the whole of next season might also have to be played in empty stadiums as the UK continues to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Tottenham were due to have another five home games from their nine remaining matches this season.

Winks admitted that it wouldn’t be the same to play without the fans as they are the ones who make the sport what it is. The Spurs midfielder also revealed that many of his fellow professionals feel the same way.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live Sport (as relayed by Football.London), Winks said: “It’s a possibility of course and that could happen [playing behind closed doors].

“It’s probably something that not every Premier League player wants to do.

“It’s a strange situation not having the fans there. That’s what makes football, that’s what makes the atmosphere.

“It’s what everybody plays for and lives for, it’s for the fans. When you can’t hear chanting, when you can’t hear the crowd it’s going to be a strange situation.

“We had it last season with Bulgaria away and it was a very strange situation to be involved in.

“It’s not something that I like and I know a lot of players feel the same way. It’s not something that anybody really wants to do but if it’s the necessary action that’s got to be done that it had to be done.”

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As some players have mentioned, football becomes a completely different sport when you take the fans away and when the home advantage of teams is neutralised. It is not something any player or manager would want but it looks as if it is something we will have to accept as a vaccine isn’t likely to be ready anytime soon.

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