Paul Barber believes the match must take place at their regular home stadium, as will happen in the Bundesliga
Brighton chief executive Paul Barber has outlined his opposition to the Premier League ‘Project Restart’ plan to continue the season by playing games at a neutral stadium.
With the health and safety of the players and staff so important, a number of criteria have been prepared to make the game available, so that remote social protocols are followed inside and to prevent fans from gathering outside.
A number of stadiums, including the Brighton Amex Stadium, are also used as corona virus testing centers or in other ways as part of efforts to fight the virus.
But, with Bundesliga Set to continue on 16 May with the match taking place at the home stadium, Barber believes the Premier League must follow the German example.
“Germany have restarted their season playing at home,” he said Mirror.
“Are we so concerned about our situation that we cannot manage our land in the same way?
“If German can, why can’t we? We have some of the best stadiums in the world, some of the best soccer clubs in the world, one of the best leagues in the world with great administrators.
“Why can’t we make it happen in our country and finish the season as it started?
“From our perspective, we need to find out more about why neutral places are even put forward.
“Why is a neutral place so much safer than a club playing at their own place?”
Barber said he thought fans should be trusted to follow distant social rules and stay at home, and he was unsure about the need to use stadiums far from densely populated residential areas.
“Operationally, I feel I will trust football fans to respect any advice given to them to stay away from matches that are played in private,” he added.
“Our supporters in Brighton will understand that if they do not comply with that request there will be serious sanctions.
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“I know that Germany has managed the Covid-19 pandemic differently from our pandemic and I understand that they have different results on infection rates, mortality rates and a far greater country. Stadiums might be designed in different ways.
“But the stadium that I visited in Germany was in the area that was built.
“I was there last season in Dortmund; there is a residential area opposite the stadium, the station is not far from the venue and it will be used in the next few weeks.”
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