Premier League closer to home and away matches after police statement

The Premier League are a step closer to allowing clubs to use their home grounds to play out the season after a softening of stance from police chiefs.

It comes after positive talks between senior football figures, government officials and the police.

The Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ plan has involved playing the remaining 92 matches of the campaign at 8-10 neutral venues.

That had been on the advice of the Government and police, but a number of clubs have been vocal in their opposition to the idea.

Mirror Sport understands the Government are now open to allowing clubs to play the remaining games in their stadiums.

And a statement released by Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, of South Yorkshire Police, on Tuesday night has now outlined the view of Police.

DCC Roberts said: “Following a positive meeting between police, Government and football last night, we will be jointly exploring a range of options to identify a way forward, which minimises any risks to public safety and unnecessary pressure on public services, but facilitates a sensible restart to the season, to support the economic and morale benefits associated with the sport.”

He had previously warned of the “challenges” that playing the remainder of the season at home grounds would present to the emergency services.

Roberts' change in tone follows a meeting of Premier League owners on Monday who agreed they would all rather play at both home and away grounds.

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