Ninety-minute games for Brighton, West Ham, Crystal Palace & Co might be scrapped so fixtures can be fulfilled

Brighton and their Premier League rivals might be asked to play fixtures that are less than 90 minutes long when the 2019-20 season resumes

Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 1:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 1:16 pm

That’s after Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor raised the possibility of halves being shorter than 45 minutes during discussions about football’s return.

The welfare and wellbeing of individuals returning to work is key to the whole process, with players and managers to be consulted.

And Taylor said he will pore over the plans as the Premier League and EFL looks to resume in mid-June.

Brighton and Hove Albion have nine Premier League matches still to play

Speaking to BBC Radio Four’s Today programme, he said: "They're not stupid. They will put safety first.

"There is a protocol being put together that is going to be presented, involving all medical experts and Government medical experts.

"There will be a meeting of the shareholders of the Premier League on Friday and then shortly after that the document of returning to work should be finalised and then in the following week, next week, as early as possible, that will be put to players and coaches.

"Then the practicality of all those issues will be looked at club by club.’

Put to Taylor it would benefit some clubs for the likes of the Premier League not to finish, he said: ‘We'll have to wait and see. I'm talking about a protocol that's coming out. I'm talking about the future.

"We don't know the future. What we do know is what propositions have been put, what ideas have been put, the possibility of having more substitutes, games possibly not being the full 45 minutes each way.

"There's talks of neutral stadiums. There's been lots of things being put forward.

"Try and wait and see what the proposals are, and then have the courtesy to let the managers and coaches and players also assimilate all those and come to a considered view."

Brighton have nine Premier League games to be completed.

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