Is the Premier League split bigger than first thought? Brighton CEO Paul Barber reveals it’s not JUST the bottom six who have railed against neutral venue plans
- Project Restart hopes to get the Premier League going again by June
- But plans consist of playing the remaining matches at neutral venues
- Some teams in the bottom six, including Brighton, are against that proposal
- Other Premier League sides have threatened vote to relegate bottom three
- Albion sit 15th in the table and are just two points outside the relegation zone
The Albion CEO has been vocal in his opposition to the ‘unfair’ proposals of Project Restart, which would see remaining games played at a small number of independent grounds.
On Thursday, Barber reiterated their desire to finish the season but their opposition to doing so away from the AMEX, where they were due to play five of their final nine matches.
Brighton CEO Paul Barber has been vocal against the Premier League’s Project Restart plan
‘For me, I don’t think it’s a big six clubs vs bottom six clubs issue. I think clubs at every level of the league have concerns about neutral venues,’ he said.
‘I think there are concerns about the fairness element. If we were in a situation where all games were equal and everybody had to play the same number of games at home as they had away at this stage of the season that might be one thing.
He added: ‘The reality is we are three quarters of the way through the season. Teams have a large number of home games left or a small number of home games left.’
Albion face a tough run of home games between now and the end of the campaign, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all slated to travel to the South Coast.
Though Barber accepts those games are set to be behind closed doors, he said: ‘It’s not just about the crowd, the statistics are very clear, there is a clear advantage of being on your home venue… we’ve built our training ground over the last four or five years spending tens of millions to replicate conditions as best we can.’
Barber hopes Brighton can play out their remaining home fixtures at the AMEX stadium despite them most likely taking place in front of empty stands amid the coronavirus pandemic