'Shame' - Exclusive: Hutton rips into EFL plan for Leeds & West Brom
Alan Hutton has blasted the “unfair” proposal that Leeds United and West Brom may have to play in neutral venues when the Championship season resumes this month.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists games should not be moved as the two clubs chase promotion this season.
The Times report that ‘high risk’ games involving both Leeds and West Brom may be moved to neutral venues by the EFL after concerns were raised over fans breaching social distancing guidelines.
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However, Hutton claims that it could prove a major disadvantage for those at the top of the table, especially if their promotion rivals are able to play at home.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think it’s unfair, I think it’s something everyone’s going to have to speak about and make a decision about because you can’t have a rule for one and a rule for another.
“Someone in the chasing pack who can play at home but because you’re top of the league by a point, you can’t? I don’t think that’s fair and I’m pretty sure the other teams will go against it.
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“We’ll see the outcome of the decisions being made, as we’re talking they’re still thrashing out different scenarios and things that could happen or couldn’t happen but I think that would be a shame, especially if you were to win.
“If you were to win the league and you were to get given the trophy at a neutral venue, I just don’t see how that’s fair for them.”
Leeds currently sit one point clear of West Brom at the top of the Championship with nine games left to play.
Fulham sit six points behind in third, although the Cottagers have to play both the Whites and the Baggies before the end of the season.
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