Were Sheffield United among the 12 clubs that reportedly opposed neutral venues?
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Were Sheffield United among the 12 clubs that reportedly opposed neutral venues?

Sheffield United were not thought to be among the clubs that opposed the use of neutral venues for Project Restart, according to the Sheffield Star.

As many as 12 of the 20 teams in the English top flight were against the plans during the latest Premier League meeting on Monday.

The division is looking at ways to resume the 2019/20 season and play the remaining 92 fixtures. No games have been played since the league was indefinitely suspended on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest update from the government could allow matches to restart as of June 1. These are conditional based on expert advice and will be played behind closed doors.

BBC Sport reports the Premier League plans to resume fixtures as of June 12. Part of the proposal was to use 10 neutral stadiums to host the games.


Bramall Lane was unlikely to be included due to its close proximity to Sheffield city centre. It meant the Blades were set to play either in Manchester or the Midlands. Britain’s senior police officer, Mark Roberts, said it was necessary and clubs opposed to it should “get a grip.”

What Sheffield United thought about use of neutral venues

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However, this part of Project Restart now looks uncertain, with more than half of the league opposing the use of neutral stadiums.

Aston Villa, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Watford are among the sides that have been publicly critical. The Mirror claims Tottenham Hotspur were one of the critics from the so-called bigger clubs.

It is unclear at present who else was against the use of neutral venues. Yet apparently United had sympathy towards the plan before Monday.

They could have changed their opinion during the meeting, of course, but it seems the Blades were among those prepared to be more flexible.

Manager Chris Wilder has made it clear he believes simply finishing the campaign is the most important thing. In whatever format that might be.

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