Premier League hopes to finish season at home grounds not neutral venues

  • Neutral venues plan remains sticking point for clubs
  • Possibility of curtailing the season discussed openly

The Premier League is to attempt to persuade authorities to allow matches at home stadiums, the first of several hurdles the competition will try to clear after the government gave hope that football could return in June.

As the Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, talked of “momentum” behind Project Restart and new medical protocols were submitted to the government, there was a sense the top flight might finally be coalescing around an approach for resumption. But after the fifth shareholders’ meeting since play was suspended in March plans still remain incomplete and, for the first time, the possibility of curtailing the season was discussed openly by clubs.

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