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Watford the latest club to slam Premier League’s restart plan

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Watford have become the latest club to publicly oppose the plan of the Premier League to restart the season at neutral venues.

Watford chairman Scott Duxbury has questioned whether the Premier League should be re-starting at all under the current conditions.

The Premier League plan on resuming sometime in June and the current plan is to play the remainder of the season at neutral venues.

This is to help reduce the spread of the virus but the plan is under threat, with a number of clubs in disagreement with the plan.

Brighton were the recent side to oppose the idea and Watford have now joined in on the stance.

Watford chairman Scott Duxbury voiced out that it would be against the integrity of the competition and his club would not be in support of it at all.

“I, of course, absolutely accept we cannot have supporters in the stadium,” Duxbury said as quoted by the Express.

“That goes without saying in the present situation.”

“However, we are now told we cannot play our remaining home games at Vicarage Road and the familiarity and advantage that brings.”

“This against a backdrop of players who, having seen their lives turned upside down along with the rest of the world, are suddenly expected to perform as if nothing has happened, despite the rest of society probably still facing the kind of restrictions unenforceable on a football pitch.”

“And with all these compromises and health risks we are asked to finish a competition that bears no resemblance to the one we started, which could end a small club like Watford’s time in the Premier League.

“So is this fair? Does it have any semblance of sporting integrity? Of course not.”

Watford were only above the relegation zone on goal difference before the Premier League was suspended. It’s been a topic of heated debate over the past weeks.

Many believe the bottom sides are opposing the move simply to avoid relegation while another section feeling they are right to do so.

Premier League sides would meet again to vote on the issue and at least 14 sides must vote in favor of the decision.

Asides Watford, four other clubs are said to be against the idea at the moment.