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Neutral venue plan has ‘no rationale’, says former football police commander

  • Premier League could be played as normal, says Owen West
  • ‘Tone demonises fans who have been very mature’

Police advice that Premier League clubs must play at neutral venues if they resume the season has “no rationale” and risks demonising supporters by assuming they will gather unsafely outside grounds, a former football policing commander has said.

Owen West, a recently retired West Yorkshire police chief superintendent, told the Guardian that football clubs can help give a lead as local community organisations to any gradual easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions and do not need to be removed from their home locations to play.

Related: Brighton chief says follow Bundesliga and scrap neutral venues plan

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