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Gary Neville warns against playing matches behind closed doors

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With professional football suspended amid the coronavirus crisis, Gary Neville says it is too early to consider playing behind closed doors.

Gary Neville believes it is too soon for the Football Association, Premier League and English Football League to consider playing matches behind closed doors in order to restart the season.

On Thursday, the Premier League and EFL confirmed there would be no professional matches played until at least April 30 as the United Kingdom continues its attempts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

All games in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are currently postponed, with the FA having agreed to extend the current season beyond June 30 if it is necessary.

Some matches in Europe were played behind closed doors prior to the widespread postponement of leagues across the continent.

But former Manchester United defender Neville does not believe putting on games without fans in attendance is the best course of action at this stage.

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“There are a lot of things to happen before we contemplate behind closed doors,” Neville told BBC Radio 5Live.

“I said no on this about three or four weeks ago because I felt that it takes away from the essence of football.

“I also felt that EFL clubs and non-league clubs would suffer too much from the revenue loss and it would put them under.

“At the moment, the behind closed doors idea has got to come only after the health priority.

“Will fans turn up outside the stadium? Will fans congregate outside the stadium if their team can get promoted or get relegated, or if they can get into Europe?

“How are we going to stop that? How are the police going to man it? How are they health services going to react to incidents that happen off the back of it and do we need to put any more pressure on the services at this point in time?

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“However, if those fears could be overcome somewhere down the line within this 12-week period then [behind closed doors games] could be the case.”

Neville last week confirmed the two Manchester hotels he co-owns with Ryan Giggs would be open free of charge to health workers during the crisis.

There have been over 5,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Britain, with 285 people losing their lives to the virus so far.

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Premier League: Manchester City Gives Liverpool its 19th Premier League Title, Ends 30 Years Title Drought

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Liverpool was crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost their match against Chelsea. After Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday night, Liverpool’s massive lead at the top became mathematically unassailable and the historic moment was all theirs.

Liverpool has been crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Manchester City ended the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp’s men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after second-placed City’s defeat left them 23 points adrift. Liverpool had moved within two points of the title with a 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday.

Liverpool-The Magic Team

Liverpool-The Magic Team

The Reds placed both hands on the trophy with an impeccable record of 28 victories, two draws, and just a single defeat, ending their 30-year wait for a league title.

Liverpool has become the butt of so many jokes over the years with Manchester United accelerating past them to 20 league titles with 13 plaques coming in the Premier League era.

Liverpool got the favor they wanted from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Willian’s 78th-minute penalty, awarded for a handball by Fernandinho, ended City’s two-year reign as champions after Kevin De Bruyne had canceled out Christian Pulisic’s opener.

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Liverpool has clinched the title earlier than any other Premier League champions, breaking the previous record of five games left shared by City and Manchester United.

Liverpool In Action

Liverpool In Action

It has been an agonizing wait for Liverpool fans across the world, with the coronavirus hiatus forcing them to put the champagne on ice after the Premier League has suspended in March with Klopp’s team two wins from the title.

The three-month delay was a final obstacle on Liverpool’s long road back to the pinnacle of English football.

Before next season becomes a topic of conversation, though, there are still so many records Liverpool can break and their immaculate win rate suggests it could be a formality.

The Merseyside club is on course to accumulate the most home and away wins as well as the largest margin of victory to go with their record of the earliest ever title win.

And their current total of 86 points tees them up nicely to break Manchester City’s record of 100 during the 2017/18 season with room to spare.

Manchester City had won the last two Premier League titles, but their campaign for a ‘three-peat’ never really gathered momentum and their next game, well, comes against Liverpool themselves.

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It will be a painful moment for Pep Guardiola and co if they follow what has become a Premier League tradition of staging a guard of honor for the newly-crowned champions.

Klopp has become the first German manager to win the Premier League, has been the architect of Liverpool’s renaissance since the former Borussia Dortmund boss arrived at Anfield in 2015.

Infusing his players with a belief in his “heavy metal” football and high-tempo “Gegen-pressing” game-plan, the charismatic Klopp has earned his place alongside Liverpool’s iconic former managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, and Kenny Dalglish.

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Liverpool-FC-Squad-2020

Following years of underachievement, Klopp has brought his unique style and major trophies back to Liverpool.

It should be noted that they won the Champions League last season when they beat Tottenham in the final, 12 months after losing to Real Madrid at the same stage of the competition.

Liverpool was pipped to the title by Manchester City on the final day of last season, finishing with a record 97 points for top-flight runners-up.

But with Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino forming a formidable front three, Jordan Henderson a tireless presence in midfield and Virgil van Dijk imperious at the back, Liverpool have left City trailing in their wake this season.

 

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Premier League: Tottenham Confirms One Positive Case Of Coronavirus After The Fifth Testing Exercise.

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Tottenham have confirmed they have received the only positive test for coronavirus from the fifth round of Premier League testing results.
The fifth batch of tests took place on Monday June 01 and Tuesday June 02 2020.

A statement from Tottenham reads: “We have been informed by the Premier League that we have received one positive test for COVID-19 following the latest round of testing at our Training Centre”.

Due to medical confidentiality, the individual’s name will not be disclosed.

They are currently asymptomatic and will now self-isolate for seven days, in line with Premier League protocol, before undergoing further testing.

We shall continue to strictly adhere to the Premier League’s Return to Training protocol, which ensures our Training Centre remains a safe and virus-free working environment.

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Amazon will broadcast its remaining four games for free after Premier League resumption

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Amazon will broadcast its remaining four games for free after Premier League resumption

The American giant, which has part of the rights of the Premier League in Great Britain, announced Wednesday that it will offer in clear its four remaining matches with the resumption of the competition, on June 17.

Good news for British supporters. As the resumption of the interrupted season approaches (June 17), the American giant of online sales Amazon announces that it will air in clear in Great Britain the four Premier League matches out of the 92 remaining to be played this season which it has the rights.

These meetings will be visible through its Prime Video online streaming service, without the need to subscribe to the Prime offer.

Free also on Sky and the BBC

Sky Sports has announced that 25 of its 64 matches will be broadcast unscrambled on its Pick channel, while the BBC obtained the rights to broadcast four matches on terrestrial television (this will be the first time that the “Beeb” will broadcast live meetings of the English elite e since 1988). A total of 33 matches will therefore be in the clear out of the 92 matches that Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime will share.

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