Aston Villa chief Christian Purslow against neutral grounds proposal


Villa chief executive Christian Purslow has voiced his opposition to the use of neutral grounds to complete the Premier League season.

The use of between eight and 10 neutral venues is part of Project Restart, with clubs told last week it represents the safest way to resume a campaign suspended since March by the coronavirus pandemic.

But a number of clubs, particularly those near the bottom of the table, are unhappy with a proposal they believe puts them at a disadvantage.

Villa, 19th in the table, were due to play six of their remaining 10 matches at home, where they have picked up 17 of their 25 points so far.

Speaking on Wednesday, Purslow said he would only agree to the use of neutral venues “if the circumstances were right” though he did not specify what those would be.

Clubs have already accepted matches will need to take place behind closed doors but Purslow told TalkSport: “Neutral grounds is something we are going to have to look at carefully. Personally, I am against it.

“We are a club which prides itself on its home form. We have six home games left to play and I think any Villa fan would agree giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running the club.

“I would not agree to that unless the circumstances are right.”

Though Purslow insisted the notion of scrapping relegation, even were the season completed, had not been discussed, he did shine light on the varying agendas driving clubs at the top and bottom of the table.

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