Exclusive: Michael Brown fumes as Times report EFL plan for Leeds & West Brom

Michael Brown has torn into the suggestion that Leeds United and West Brom may be forced to play games at neutral grounds during their push for promotion.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder believes matches must be played at the correct ground to uphold the integrity of the competition.

The Times report that the EFL may move “high risk” Leeds and West Brom games to neutral venues if and when the Championship season resumes.

The newspaper explains that authorities fear fans congregating and breaching social-distancing regulations amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, Brown believes that supporters will show some common sense if the games are played and that it would be unfair were the league to move fixtures.

Brown told Football Insider: “We’ve got to try and get all these games at the correct stadiums so we’ve got that fair play aspect of it.

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“We just know that, after all these hard times, the supporters have to understand the difficult situations. Will there be one or two that go? Hopefully now, after what everyone’s been through, they’ll stay away from stadiums and that.

“I think all the testing’s getting done, I think it’s extremely close.” 

Leeds sit top of the Championship table by a single point, with West Brom a further six points clear of third-placed Fulham.

Of the Whites’ nine remaining fixtures, five are set to take place at Elland Road, including a crunch clash with the Cottagers.

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