Noel Whelan has claimed West Ham and Brighton do “not have a leg to stand on” if they are the only teams that oppose to the neutral venue proposal.
The former Leeds and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insists players will “not care” where they play but admits clubs would hold home advantage at their stadium even without fans.
The Premier League met on Friday to discuss options for ‘Project Restart’, one of which was the proposal to host the remaining Premier League fixtures at neutral venues.
Sky Sports claim the Hammers and Brighton object to the proposal that would see 8-10 non-affiliated stadiums used to complete the season.
Whelan suggested, whilst neutral venues would negate the home advantage, a compromise must be made.
“I empathise with them because nobody wants to be playing away from home,” he told Football Insider.
“Even without any fans it is a ground that is familiar to them and they know how to play on that pitch. To play in neutral venues would be to play on an even playing field with no advantage.
“But if that is what is required to finish the season then it is required.
“If there is only two clubs complaining then they do not have a leg to stand on quite frankly. You have to go with the guidelines and there will be a majority vote.
“Everybody wants football back and it should not be about where. Let’s not winge.
“If I was a player I would not care if it was on a park field, Wembley, I do not care. Let’s get out there and win football matches.”
The neutral venue proposal would see The Irons lose home advantage for games against Wolves, Aston Villa, Watford, Burnley and Chelsea.
The fixtures against Villa and Watford so-called “six-pointers” in the relegation battle.
In other West Ham news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider his suggestion for the completion of the remaining fixtures.