West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady will be handed a stern warning by Premier League bosses today.
Brady has been outspoken from start of the outbreak that the season should be null and void (The Sun).
And she continues to cast doubt on the possibility of the Premier League’s Project Restart in her weekly column.
Last week the outspoken West Ham chief highlighted the proposed neutral grounds plan as an issue.
Outspoken Brady continues to question Project Restart
This weekend Brady questioned whether keeping players safe would be possible.
It is being widely reported that Brady and West Ham are key players in a group of six clubs at the bottom of the league – namely Brighton, Watford, Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Norwich – who have reservations about proposals to finish the season by playing at neutral grounds without fans.
The spectre of an ‘unfair’ relegation is said to be key to their concerns.
But West Ham, Brady and the other five clubs will be told in no uncertain terms today that they are toying with their futures.
Premier League bosses are due to get around the virtual conference table for their latest meeting on Monday.
Prem bosses to warn Brady she is toying with West Ham’s future
And Sky Sports claims Brady and co will be told voting against proposals will ‘cost them more than relegation’.
“Premier League clubs will be warned at a meeting on Monday that the season not restarting at neutral venues could cost them more than relegation and they must consider the long-term consequences of voting against the proposal,” Sky Sports reports.
“They (the bottom six) believe giving up home advantage could affect their chances of staying up and compromise the integrity of the competition. However, they will be warned that the protocols for games restarting could be in place for the start of next season, so they need to think about the long-term consequences of voting against playing at neutral grounds.
“At least 14 clubs need to back the proposals before games can restart. The Premier League meeting will take place hours after the government have announced the latest review of lockdown restrictions.”
Last week West Ham star Manuel Lanzini appeared to back Brady’s stance.
West Ham pulling in different directions over resumption?
He told Argentine radio station Closs Continental it would be ‘crazy’ to consider a return before a vaccine is available.
But West Ham skipper Mark Noble contradicted both Brady and Lanzini at the weekend.
He told Redknapp’s Home Fixture that the season must resume behind closed doors and go on until October if it has to, for the sake of Liverpool and the moral integrity of the league.
The warning from Prem chiefs will no doubt strike fear in co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
According to The Daily Mail, Sullivan has already reprimanded Brady over her ‘null and void’ comments.
And they will likely be keen to support whatever outcome bests protects their investment and the value of the club.