Noel Whelan has backed Jamie Carragher’s proposal to use the relegation-threatened sides’ stadiums to complete this season’s remaining fixtures with Aston Villa one of six clubs opposed to the neutral venues proposal.
The former Leeds and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the bottom six should take priority given that they have the most to lose when the season is restarted.
The Premier League is meeting today where all 20 clubs will vote on the neutral venues proposal as ‘Project Restart’ pushes to kick-off in June.
However, relegation-threatened sides Villa, Watford, Bournemouth, Brighton West Ham and Norwich are opposed to playing the remaining fixtures in 8-10 neutral stadiums.
On Twitter, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher suggested the Premier League use the bottom six sides’ grounds as part of the 10 to allow them all to keep home advantage – although he later deleted the tweet.
When asked by Football Insider if the suggestion represented a solution to the Premier League’s problems, Whelan said: “If we go with that there is no grumbling. You have some great stadiums there as well.
“The Premier League has already been decided in my opinion, Liverpool have won it. It is more important for the relegation-threatened sides.
“Jamie is talking a lot of sense because there is more riding on relegation at the minute and that is when the unrest is coming from. Meet them halfway.
“But I think people are overthinking this and making it more complicated than it needs to be. I think games can still be played, behind-closed-doors, at their own stadiums.”
Villa chief executive Christian Purslow told talkSPORT last week he would not agree to the neutral venues proposal unless “the circumstances were right”.
All of the bottom six have more home than away games left. Villa, the most, with six home fixtures from their remaining ten.
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