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Premier League clubs make plans to stop fans from peeking into match stadium to watch matches.


League clubs will try to block sight lines into their grounds to discourage fans from gathering outside.

Some premier League teams (Norwich city) have even held talks with the hotel next to Carrow Road to prevent rooms with a view into the stadium from being booked on match days.

The top-flight season will resume behind closed doors next week and discussions over how to stop fans disrupting Project Restart by showing up at grounds have been high on the agenda.

Fans congregating is a major concern for clubs as it could jeopardise their chances of receiving safety certificates from local councils, which could in turn mean the season cannot be completed.

Clubs hope to discourage fans from attending games by making sure they cannot see into the ground from outside.

That will not be an issue for Premier League clubs who have filled-in corners or wraparound designs, but some of those grounds still have possible viewing sites, for example through gates around the outside of the stadiums, like Southampton’s St Mary’s.

Those grounds which may allow supporters a glimpse of the action will attempt to cover up any viewing points where possible. Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Everton, Norwich, Sheffield United, Watford and Wolves all have open corners to their stadiums which could offer a view of the action.

Norwich are among the clubs to have been proactive on the issue. Following discussions with the hotel next to Carrow Road, none of the rooms with a view into the stadium will be made available.

Security will also be strict around all Premier League grounds. Clubs have plans in place to ensure any fans who attempt to gather outside are moved on.

With the first league games taking place on June 17, clubs have a host of measures to implement to ensure their stadiums comply with the guidelines they received last week.

Some teams have been holding practice matches and training sessions at their stadium so the squad can get used to playing without fans. Arsenal and Aston Villa hosted matches at the weekend against Charlton and West Brom respectively. 

Arsenal are planning another game at the Emirates before they face Manchester City on June 17. West Ham will play a friendly against QPR at the London Stadium this week.

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