'Massive...' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reacts to Sadiq Khan verdict on West Ham return
Kevin Phillips fears ‘Project Restart’ is becoming more of a “massive minefield” by the day as Sadiq Khan ruled out West Ham returning to action in the capital in June.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international claimed that there will be no scenario in which every club is pleased as the Premier League plow on with plans to start in June.
All 20 Premier League clubs concluded on Monday that they wish to complete their remaining games in their own stadiums as opposed to neutral venues.
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However, the Evening Standard revealed that London Mayor Sadiq Khan is opposed to London clubs playing in their home stadiums in June due to concerns it would burden the NHS further.
Phillips discussed the possibility of London-based sides playing all of their away fixtures first to avoid playing in the capital.
“They will have looked at every possibility,” he told Football Insider.
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“They could make all of the London clubs play their away games first but again there will be some clubs that are unhappy.
“Do you put Watford in that category of a London club? I am not sure it would be fair to do that. They would not be happy with that. It is a massive minefield.
“Ideally, play the season home and away – as you would.
“I know the mayor said it is not likely in London at the moment but we have to find a way that is fair to everyone. Unfortunately, it is not going to happen.”
Football Insider understands the Premier League wants a return to action in early June.
Players will return to training later this week with the governing body having issued each player with a 40-page document detailing training protocol.
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