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Perry Groves criticised Gary Neville’s ‘ridiculous’ idea of taking the Premier League to one of the few countries not hit by coronavirus.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the Premier League suspended since early March but plans are being discussed over a possible restart to the competition in June.

Gary Neville suggest the Premier League could be finished abroad

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Gary Neville suggest the Premier League could be finished abroad

Neville suggested on Sky Sports that England’s top flight be taken to a coronavirus-free quarantined environment to finished the 2019/20 campaign as the UK isn’t safe enough.

Groves hit out at the idea of taking the Premier League abroad.

“At the moment he’s like a canary with Tourette’s,” he told talkSPORT.

“One of his ideas, right, is that there are three countries without COVID-19. One of his ideas is to take the Premier League to one of those three countries.

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“How would that work with those three countries who haven’t got it and think ‘yeah come and bring your pandemic, yeah you come over’.

“Even the arrogance of going to another country who hasn’t got it is ridiculous.”

The UK has been on lockdown since March 23 with 28,131 people confirmed to have died in total.

Boris Johnson announced on Thursday that we are past the peak of the virus and there is a suggestion the lockdown measures could be eased later this month.


The Premier League has been in talks with the government, as well as all 20 member clubs, over their ‘Project Restart’ plans.

This could see players return to training later in May with a view to start playing matches behind closed doors in June.

Games could also be played at neutral venues with eight stadiums touted as the most likely to be able to host fixtures.






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