Premier League chiefs ‘introduce Purple Zone’ to avoid interview carnage

Changes to pre and post-match activities at Premier League games are set to be introduced following major issues on the opening weekend of the season.

The league's bosses are planning to bring in a new purple zone where television interviews will be held.

The aim of the revised guidelines is to solve the issue of crowd noise drowning out both the interviewer and the interviewee.

There were many sound problems last weekend as a result of the return of full capacity crowds to grounds up and down the country.

Sky, BT Sport and other broadcasters faced huge difficulties communicating with managers and players during their press duties.

Viewers complained they could not hear the post-match interviews at Old Trafford following Manchester United's 5-1 win over Leeds because the fans who had remained in the stadium were too loud.

United forward Mason Greenwood struggled to understand the questions that were put to him and those sat at home could barely make out his responses during BT's coverage of the game on Saturday.

And with that just one of many examples of poor coverage throughout the opening weekend, a new zone in the tunnel is in the pipeline for broadcasters to use.

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As well as this, the Premier League is setting up plans to allow interviews to be conducted in media rooms.

The changes won't be apparent for a number of weeks as a review is set to take place in October.

However, clubs are said to be pushing for it to be brought in as soon as possible, so this may be brought forward.

The current red zone was established as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic with areas limited to just players, coaching staff and officials.

Conducting interviews out on the pitch meant the chance of spreading infection was limited.

But with fans now back, it seems the routine is no longer suitable.

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There are also growing concerns that supporters could target players and managers before and after games with the interviews being held just a stone's throw away from the stands.

Underperforming bosses or stars could be thrown into a lion's den of abuse from disgruntled fans, which is the sort of scene the Premier League are keen to avoid.

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