Arsenal among the clubs to oppose neutral venues

Arsenal is one of the clubs who opposed the FA proposal to finish the premier league by playing on the neutral venues.

Arsenal among the clubs to oppose neutral venues

There is a proposal from the FA to finish the league on the neutral venues when it is safe to do so and it seems that most of the clubs including the Arsenal are against that proposal.

Until Monday, only the clubs involved in a relegation fight had publicly stated their opposition to the move but sources have told ESPN several big clubs have united in asking the government to abandon the plan. There are around 12 teams now in opposition.

The main reason behind the rejection of the idea

Arsenal agreed on a five-year extension to their shirt sponsorship deal with the airline Emirates worth £200 million in February 2018.

That agreement included stadium naming rights and matchday sponsorship, all of which will be diminished if matches are not held at the stadium.

It also included the club using Emirates planes to fly on preseason tours but that is unlikely to happen this summer given the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

All clubs have sponsors that would suffer from an absence of matches at the ground where they advertise.

FA, clubs, government, and players and coaches representatives will have various meetings this week in order to find the best way to finish the season.

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