High profile football pundit Gary Neville has raised concerns about closed-door football taking place in the country during the ongoing public health crisis, speaking to the BBC.

Football is currently suspended across the UK, with no real timetable given about when Celtic, or any club, might return.

One of the options discussed to complete the remaining fixtures in the 2019/20 season has been scheduling matches behind closed doors, away from travelling crowds.


However, for Neville, that simply raises more concerns and isn’t ideal for anyone.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “I said no on this about three or four weeks ago because I felt that it takes away from the essence of football. I also felt that EFL (English Football League) clubs and non-league clubs would suffer too much from the revenue loss and it would put them under.

“At the moment, the behind closed doors idea has got to come only after the health priority.

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“Will fans turn up outside the stadium? Will fans congregate outside the stadium if their team can get promoted or get relegated, or if they can get into Europe?

“How are we going to stop that? How are the police going to man it? How are they health services going to react to incidents that happen off the back of it and do we need to put any more pressure on the services at this point in time?”

With UEFA issuing guidance to member associations that they should try and get their domestic action completed by 30th June, at the moment it looks like the only way that would happen is with closed-door games.

When will Celtic Park be full again?

When will Celtic Park be full again? / (Photo by Mark Runnacles – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

As Neville points out, this could end up being as much a problem than letting fans in to see matches.

Everyone’s preference is that the remaining games are completed but if decisions are being held off in an effort to see whether other options like closed-door games present themselves, there could simply be a delaying of the inevitable.

Do the SPFL and SFA need to act now? In unprecedented times, unprecedented action might have to be taken.

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