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The chairman of the Palace expects a long delay if 'Project Restart' fails

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The plans of the Premier League to resume its season disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic will be guided by progress in Germany, but "insurmountable" problems could lead to a long delay, said Steve Parish, chairman of Crystal Palace.

On May 16, Germany's plans to restart competitive soccer suffered an early backlash following two positive coronavirus tests in a two-week quarantine for the whole second level Dynamo Dresden team.

"We could see the German example and some of the early challenges," Parish told the BBC on Sunday.

"They may prove insurmountable, but it concerns us that if they prove to be insurmountable now we may not play and it has huge consequences for the game for a very, very long period.

"We'd be abandoned if we didn't find a way to try and bring the game back. Premier League clubs will meet on Monday to talk about plans for the June resumption of matches in neutral venues without the presence of any spectators if government clearance is provided.

Saturday, Scott Duxbury, Chief Executive Officer of Watford with a relegation-threatened, said that neutral venues were not fair, with at least six clubs opposed to the idea.

The Palace is among the opposing teams.

"... "... If we can play in our stadiums that would be better for everyone, but for the moment the situation is with the authorities and the government, "Parish said.

"The police have made it clear that they don't think everywhere they can police. I have great sympathy with the position of Duxbury. That said, I think it could be the least bad option.

"No easy answers, we have to work collectively through them and we'll end up with a consensus."

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