Security personnel warned against the prospect of autograph hunters gathering outside the training area
Security personnel warned against prospects of autograph hunters gathering outside Premier League training fields as players prepare to return Monday
- Security personnel warned against autograph hunters gathering on training grounds
- Clubs will tell players not to lower the car windows and interact with fans
- All fans who show up are asked to leave for safety reasons
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Security personnel on the Premier League training ground are warned of the prospect of autograph hunters gathering at the gates as players prepare to return to work on Monday.
Clubs will also advise players not to lower their car windows and communicate, worried that a small number of supporters might try their luck despite the corona virus crisis.
It’s similar to authorities’ fears that fans might gather outside stadiums if and when the Premier League Project Restart sees the 2019-20 season restart.
Security personnel warned against autograph hunters gathering on training grounds on Monday
It’s not uncommon for supporters to wait at the practice grounds entrance in hopes of shirts being signed or photos taken with Premier League stars.
London clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea and West Ham see this regularly, and for the first time in months, players will sign up for small-group training on Monday.
If fans show up, they will be asked by security personnel to leave for security reasons. It would also run counter to the latest government guidelines on social distance.
Premier League leaders will also be closely watching the German Bundesliga return this weekend to see if supporters gather in stadiums on match days.
Deputy Superintendent Mark Roberts, head of the UK football division, was one of the people pushing for neutral locations for the remaining 92 games.
Roberts said last week, “Does anyone seriously think that you wouldn’t get a large number of supporters out? I think we should be realistic. ‘
Clubs will advise their players not to lower car windows and avoid interaction with supporters
But Sports email Tuesday revealed how Premier League clubs could end the season on their home turf, boosting Project Restart.
The government has pledged to review plans after lobbying from the league.
They will make a final decision based on advice from the 13 police forces with Premier League grounds, however Sports email understands that various forces have already declared aid.