Noel Whelan claims neutral venues will not stop Leeds United and Liverpool fans celebrating if they win promotion or the Premier League title.
The Leeds and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged the authorities not to rule out playing at home stadiums because of fears over fans gathering around Elland Road and Anfield.
Sky Sports revealed that Premier League clubs hope local police forces can help defeat the neutral venues proposal after all 20 clubs voiced their preference for the season to be finished in their own stadiums.
EFL chairman Rick Parry has already outlined his preference for the Championship to be played out with home advantage intact.
The governing authorities’ primary concern with fixtures being hosted at each club’s stadium was that fans would congregate outside on matchdays.
When asked by Football Insider how Leeds fans he would expect to turn up at Elland Road if promotion was gained, Whelan said: “You would get a few there.
“That is the way that it is but fans have cars, they can travel to neutral venues.
“Leeds fans will celebrate, just like Liverpool fans will celebrate if they win the title. Whether it be in the street, in the park, outside the stadium – it makes no difference.
“You cannot control people’s decisions and what they do. All you can control is the football side of it.
“If people gather outside the ground the police would have to do the job that they would normally do in and around the community which is disperse them and get them away.
“You will not get thousands and thousands there. It will be a very small minority.”
United still have home fixtures against Fulham, Luton, Stoke City, Barnsley and Charlton Athletic to play.
If promoted, it would be Leeds’ first return to the Premier League since 2004.
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