Premier League to move or postpone Leicester home games if needed

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The Premier League is waiting to hear whether the localised lockdown in Leicester will force the club to postpone home games or play at a neutral venue.

The league’s chief executive, Richard Masters, was asked what the situation was following the decision to impose a stricter lockdown in the city because of a rise in coronavirus cases.

“We are waiting to hear,” he told MPs at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee evidence session. He said the league had contingencies to “put matches elsewhere or postpone them until it is safe to do so” and added: “Of course contingencies are part of our planning.”

Leicester are due to host Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Masters was also asked about the mass gatherings that followed Liverpool’s Premier League title win, in particular one which involved fireworks being aimed at the Liver Building in the city centre.

Questioned as to whether the Premier League took any responsibility for what unfolded, he said: “What happened was regrettable but we are not in control of people’s actions. It got out of hand in the same way that we have seen gatherings on beaches and street parties in wider society. Individuals have to take responsibility for their own actions.”

He praised Liverpool as a club for the ‘stay home’ messaging they had issued to their supporters.

The Guardian

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