Premier League restart: Clubs hope season can be finished at own stadiums
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The Premier League says the preference is for all clubs to be able to play home and away if the competition resumes next month - and insists no club has asked for the curtailment of the season or the scrapping of relegation if it restarts.
The government and UK's top football police officer have suggested that games should be played in neutral venues but that plan was opposed by many relegation-threatened clubs.
"Everybody would prefer to play home and away if at all possible," Masters said.
"It's clear to see that some clubs feel more strongly about that than others. It is an ongoing dialogue and we've been talking to the authorities about the conditions in which we could get the Premier League back up and running and taking all that advice on board.
"We are working flat out to create a responsible, safe, and deliverable model to complete the season.
"No decisions will be made until after we have talked to players and managers and those meetings are scheduled for later this week."
'No club asked for curtailment or scrapping of relegation'
Masters says all 20 Premier League clubs remain committed to finishing the 2019/20 season and insisted no club has asked for the curtailment of this campaign or asked the Premier League to scrap relegation if the season does restart.
"If the season plays out, no-one has suggested, or talked about, relegation not being in play," Masters said.
"There was a view that we were better together, better off talking through one voice and better off acting at all times like a collective. That was a unanimous view.
"Clubs came together today, I feel people can see the momentum"