Premier League clubs and broadcasters both want to see a change in how post-match interviews are currently conducted with managers after abuse was aimed at Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Interviews have been conducted pitchside to reduce the number of people in the corridors and prevent the spread of germs. However, the interviews have experienced a number of difficulties since the return of the fans.
It seems that a new plan is required. Players are having difficulty hearing reporters, and their answers have been drowned out by those watching from home.
Safety concerns have been raised for both players as well as managers, as rival supporters remain in the ground. Santo was even subject to abuse by Arsenal fans.
The Sun report that clubs, TV channels and radio stations all want the interviews to return to the tunnel areas in future, as they were before the Premier League was paused back in 2020.
After the 3-1 defeat to Spurs in the north London derby, Nuno went to press.
He was met by chants of “You’re getting sacked in the morning.”
Following that TV producers agreed to stop the interview, and he later returned after the supporters had been cleared from the stands by stewards.
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They add that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has even refused to do interviews at times this season due to safety fears, leading to the call for change.
The Emirates fixture was covered by 18 broadcasters around the globe. This made it easier to cover the event as there was more space than inside the stadium.
Sky Sports or BT Sport may be allowed into the tunnels to report on the fixture from the weekend. Others will need to continue on the line.