The police could request that Leeds United and West Brom play some of their home matches at neutral venues, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper claims that the police have identified six Premier League fixtures that they would want to see hosted at neutral stadiums over fears that crowds will gather outside the behind-closed-doors fixtures.

It is understood that Manchester City v Liverpool, Manchester City v Newcastle, Manchester United v Sheffield United, Newcastle v Liverpool and Everton v Liverpool are the games the police have so far raised concerns about.

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Deputy chief constable Mark Roberts of South Yorkshire Police has said: “Our discussions with the Premier League throughout this process have been positive, with a shared focus on the priority of public health.

“As such we have reached a consensus that balances the needs of football, while also minimising the demand on policing.

“The majority of remaining matches will be played at home and away as scheduled, with a small number of fixtures taking place at neutral venues, which, contrary to some reports, have yet to be agreed.”

While it is yet to be agreed what will happen with these fixtures, the Mail goes on to add that the top-two Championship clubs Leeds and West Brom are likely to also be asked to play at neutral stadiums, rather than Elland Road and The Hawthorns.

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We really do not see how this is fair. Either everyone has to play at neutral venues or no one does.

What happens if the Whites and the Baggies go away and play in London but play so badly they are replaced in the top-two by Fulham and Nottingham Forest? Will they then have to play at neutral venues?

It doesn’t make sense and could hand a major disadvantage to teams who are yet to fully seal their fate this season.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared plans to “dramatically” upgrade Elland Road.


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