Premier League clubs could get the go-ahead to play in their own grounds after all.
Mirror Sport understands the Government are open to allowing clubs to play the remaining games in their stadiums which would represent a major change of heart.
However, the final decision will now rest with police chiefs but further talks are planned with a decision expected when the Premier League meets with Government officials on Thursday.
That could be a huge breakthrough in Project Restart because Premier League chief executive Richard Masters admitted that EVERY club wanted to abandon the neutral venues plan.
It comes after talks on Monday night between the Government, police, Premier League, Football Association and EFL.
But Premier League insiders and also the FA believe it could now happen as long as the police are agreeable and the various authorities can prove there is no security risk.
The issue has been the fear that fans would turn up to their own grounds even though the fixtures would be played behind closed doors.
The bottom six clubs have voiced concerns because they insist that being forced to use neutral venues would leave them at a big disadvantage as they fight for survival.
But the big show of unity on Monday as Masters said all 20 clubs want to play at home appears to have helped in their battle to force a change.
Premier League chiefs will meet with the Government on Thursday and then if they get the green light then they could meet the clubs again on Monday – and Project Restart could get voted through.
Masters said on Monday: “I think some of our clubs would argue that in relation to policing their own fans that they have a good relationship with them, and that they can encourage their own fans not to turn up outside their home venues while they’re playing behind closed doors.
“We have spoken to our clubs today about this topic. I have said it’s a live topic and we will continue to discuss it.”
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