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Leicester City given all clear to host Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Saturday

Liecester’s home clash against Crystal Palace will go ahead as normal on Saturday despite the city’s prolonged lockdown.

The Foxes remaining home fixtures will, for the time being, remain unaffected despite doubts over whether the King Power Stadium can stage games after Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed lockdown procedures in Leicester would be extended.

There was a safety advisory meeting on Tuesday to discuss whether Palace’s visit can go ahead as normal, or whether the game would better suited to be played at a neutral venue.

Speaking on Sky News, Hancock confirmed that the game could go ahead as normal and the Foxes will continue to play home games as normal unless there is another surge in cases.

Palace were on Tuesday in dialogue with their counterparts at Leicester and were relaxed about the venue, leaving the decision purely down to the authorities.

Brendan Rodgers’ plans for Wednesday’s clash at Everton were unaffected as players trained normally at their HQ, which is just three miles from the city centre.

Likewise, there was a confidence at the Premier League that the clash should go ahead as normal given the most recent set of coronavirus tests produced just one positive result out of 2,250 samples.

Speaking on Tuesday morning, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee that contingency plans are in place if the decision was made not to play the game in Leicester: ‘We’ve had a long discussion with authorities about neutral venues.

‘If what happens in Leicester does impact the club’s ability to host games, either Crystal Palace or later, we have the ability to host those games elsewhere or postpone them until it is safe to do so.’

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