The Australian city of Perth can host the remaining games of the 2019-20 Premier League season, hit by coronavirus under an audacious plan, according to agent Gary Williams.
The Premier League has been postponed since March because of the COVID-19 crisis and it remains to be seen whether the campaign will resume.
Amid speculation and concerns, the Premier League has confirmed its clubs' commitment to restart the season, when it is safe to do so. – a plan to play behind closed doors and potentially in a neutral location has been reported.
As the UK struggles to contain the virus, which has killed at least 28,100 people in the country, Perth has emerged as a shocking place to start the halted campaign. Australia has registered less than 7,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 93 victims.
Williams – who lives in Perth – sensationally plans to take Premier League games to Optus Stadium and the West Australia Cricket Association (WACA). Optus Stadium hosted Manchester United during the pre-season trip ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, while Chelsea also traveled to Perth in 2018.
"We have the locations, the climate and we are controlling the coronavirus right now," Williams said on Sunday at Australia's ABC's Grandstand. "You would need four installations and the weather is absolutely brilliant, because we could start here at 6 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm. And the 10 pm start would be 3 pm and we would also have worldwide coverage throughout Asia and America.
"In terms of time, this is the ideal place, and also health and safety and facilities, it is the ideal place, Perth."
Williams added: "Players would have to be isolated for two weeks [after traveling to Australia from the UK]. After the two weeks, all games would be televised without crowds.
"We would be looking at Optus [Stadium], WACA and probably [HBF] Arena. They could use local state league clubs to do the training. "
Liverpool were 25 points ahead of the score in 29 games when the Premier League was suspended.
The stations Eredivisie (Netherlands) and Ligue 1 (France) were abandoned after the coronavirus crisis.