The chief of Great Manchester Police Constable Ian Hopkins says he is concerned fans would still congregate at stadiums when Premier League resumes.
Clubs held discussions this week regarding how to complete the campaign and hopes of a June restart having been given a boost by the government saying elite sport could resume after June 1.
Clubs have been informed that with the resumption, games would be played at neutral venues approved from a health and safety point of view but they still remain hopeful that they can still find a way to play games on the home and away basis.
“Liverpool coming to Manchester City I have no doubt would attract crowds whether they’re allowed in the ground or not. It needs very careful thinking through,” Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters.
“What we’re fearful of is that people will turn up either at neutral grounds or at home grounds, and some of that could be particularly problematic.”
Police Chief Constable Hopkins said that from a policing perspective it would not be an impossible challenge.
“But we’re in… difficult times, and it remains a health issue so the thought of large groups of people coming together and not practising social distance is a difficult one.”
The United Kingdom has more than 226 000 people infected by the coronavirus and more than 32 000 people dead.