Premier League clubs ‘to approve using FIFA 20 crowd noise’ for Project Restart

The Premier League will reportedly discuss using fake crowd noise from FIFA 20 on television broadcasts as matches resume behind closed doors.

With nine rounds of fixtures and 92 games remaining, the top-flight will return on 17 June and every match will be broadcast by either Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime or the BBC.

With no fans in attendance, the Premier League's broadcast advisory group has been exploring ways of improving the spectacle of otherwise empty and quiet stadiums.

And using a generic soundtrack from the popular EA Sports video game is a popular option and is set to be discussed on Thursday and voted on by clubs, according to the Daily Mail.

Other ideas to engage fans with behind closed doors matches include mosaics to represent different clubs in stands, 360° replays and an analytical tactical camera.

Clubs could also follow the lead of Bundesliga teams, who have placed cut-outs or pictures of fans in the stands.

While the broadcast advisory group is expected to meet little opposition for the proposal, other items on the agenda in Thursday's meeting could prove more controversial.

The use of neutral grounds for up to 12 'high-risk' matches will also be discussed, with implications for where Liverpool may lift the Premier League trophy.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, who is responsible for policing football in England, believes the measure is necessary to avoid groups of fans gathering outside stadiums for certain fixtures.

"We have reached a consensus that balances the needs of football, while also minimising the demand on policing," he said.

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