Premier League chief begs fans not to do this as league is set to resume

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After three months of inaction, today will see the Premier League return to action with games between Manchester City and Arsenal, with Sheffield United also going away to Aston Villa.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has pleaded with fans not to ruin the Premier League’s Project Restart.

There are fears that if supporters turn up outside grounds, the season could still be put at risk.

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Masters admitted contingency plans are in place to move future games to neutral venues at short notice if mass gatherings do take place.

Masters, the Premier League chief executive, said: “We’re very hopeful there won’t be any incidents of gatherings outside football matches.

“But obviously should it occur it might create a situation where any progress we’ve made on neutral venues could be at risk.

“We have contingency plans in place in relation to neutral venues. We have had discussions with a number of clubs.

“Really you’re looking at a small number of fixtures that remain at risk, and also what would happen if things changed and we have contingency plans for both.

“Fans are going to get some very clear messages about staying away, about watching at home. That’s why the matches are on TV.

“The same goes for the aftermath of games as well. Keep yourself safe, don’t put yourselves or others at risk even in moments of high celebration.

“Whether it be surviving relegation or winning the Premier League, fans should be aware that they’ve got to stick by the rules.”

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