Report: Project Restart development as clubs receive permission for stadium use

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Authorities have decided that the remaining Premier League games of the season can be played at their usual stadiums, the Daily Mail has revealed.

One of the biggest hurdles facing ‘Project Restart’ was said to be the debate over playing the remainder of the games at neutral venues with some clubs insistent that it will compromise the integrity of the competition (Sky Sports).

However, the Daily Mail reveals that the Department of Culture, Media and Sports, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, and representatives from the Premier League, FA and EFL met with the police and government to discuss the issue today.

Police forces have apparently said that they would have no issue with games being played at their usual stadiums as long as clubs can cover the costs of keeping fans out.

It is said that the initial idea behind playing at neutral venues was to prevent fans from gathering en masse outside the stadiums but several clubs have since pointed out that this could be an issue in neutral venues too.

Clubs will thus be allowed to host games at their respective stadiums as long as they can provide assurances that they will draft in enough stewarding resources to ensure that the two-metre social distancing guidelines are adhered to outside the grounds.

If the Premier League clubs agree to pay for the security forces required, they could be given the green light to play at their stadiums.

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This is potentially a huge breakthrough as playing at neutral venues was reported to be the biggest gripe some clubs had in supporting project restart. If clubs are allowed to host their remaining home games at their stadiums, then those clubs could now be willing to vote in favour of resuming the season.

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