Watford against playing Premier League at neutral venues

The London side did not agree with the decision to play away from their home

El Watford inglés polemiza en el regreso de la Premier
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Watford president Scott Duxbury has said it would not be fair to force teams to play the rest of the Premier League fixtures at neutral venues because of coronavirus.

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"There is no altruism in the Premier League," wrote Duxbury in The Times newspaper."There are 20 different vested interests which sometimes align but more often than not work purely to protect each individual club.

"That is why some clubs are happy to sign up to Project Restart because arguably there is only an upside in participating in this compromised format; it means Liverpool can win the title, other clubs can book their place in Europe next season or potentially fight their way up the table from a position of safety.

"But when at least six clubs - and I suspect more - are concerned about the clear downside and the devastating effects of playing in this kind of distorted nine-game mini-league, then I believe the Premier League has a duty of care to address those concerns.

"In the world of Covid-19, there is no such thing as an entirely safe environment wherever we play.

"The police also talk about fans flouting restrictions when football restarts and that this is a concern for the authorities, but I believe we would have more control over supporters playing at our own grounds."

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