By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

11th May, 2020 | 7:00pm

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Paul Robinson has said it’s “no coincidence” that it’s the bottom clubs in the Premier League who want relegation taking off the table before they agree to playing in neutral venues.

However, he added that it was “understandable” and that clubs would do anything necessary to guarantee their Premier League survival.

Playing in natural venues has been a central part of Project Restart, the Premier League’s plan to get the remaining fixtures played from mid-June.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “It’s no coincidence that it’s the bottom six clubs that want relegation taking off the table and are refusing to play at neutral venues.

“Any spoke they can put in the wheel of decision making they’re going to do to try and safeguard their Premier League future.

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“It’s no coincidence that it’s these clubs but you can understand it.

“Anything they can do to guarantee their Premier League survival, they will do it.”

Leeds fans will find it ironic that Aston Villa are one of the sides refusing to play at neutral venues.

CEO Christian Purslow has said that he won’t agree to it, with the Premier League needing 14 of the 20 clubs to vote for Project Restart.

The Villa players started a fight on the pitch last season after Leeds scored what they claimed was an unfair goal.

In response, Marcelo Bielsa ordered his Leeds players to let Villa score, an action that won the team the FIFA Fair Play award.

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