Alan Hutton has backed Aston Villa chief Christian Purslow in opposing playing Premier League games at neutral venues amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The former Villa and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has blasted the proposal and insisted it proves it is still not safe for the season to resume.
Speaking to Talksport on Wednesday morning, Villa CEO Purslow revealed he was against the idea of completing the Premier League season using neutral grounds.
He has revealed that senior Premier League figures have discussed playing matches behind closed doors at a number of select venues as part of the top-flight’s ‘Project Restart’.
Hutton has joined Purslow in criticising the proposal, suggesting that it only proves that returning to playing football is still not safe for the players.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Look, to be honest I don’t really agree with it. I know why they’re doing it, for safety, but if they’re thinking along that route, that it’s not safe, why are you playing the games?
“It doesn’t make sense. If it was safe to do so, everybody would play their games at their stadiums and you would travel about. They’re coming out and saying: ‘It’s not quite safe yet but what we can do is we can group the games in here so we’re not all travelling and moving about in big cities’.
“That says to me that it’s not quite safe yet. It’s just how I look at it. If you’re supposed to be playing a home game and you’re in a relegation battle, you need your home surroundings, you need what you know to help you through.
“If you were playing a relegation fight against Watford at Southampton, who’s that helping? No one. I know for a fact that a lot of the Villa fans are up in arms about it, they want the season to wait until it’s safe to play on.”
Speaking about the potential resumption of the Premier League, Purslow told talkSPORT: “Neutral grounds is just one component in a whole package of measures that are going to have to be debated and discussed.
“Personally, I am against it. We’ve got six home games left to play so I think any Villa fan will agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa. I certainly wouldn’t agree to that, unless the circumstances were right.”
In other Aston Villa news, Alan Hutton has dropped a training ground insight after talks with the players.