Deputy chief executive of the PFA Bobby Barnes believes that players are being convinced by the potential of completing the season behind-closed-doors as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
Last week the Premier League, EFL, FA and WSL all confirmed that the professional game in England would be suspended until at least April 30 - with many across the country undertaking self-isolation measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.
That has left many to debate the possibilities in terms of completing the current campaign, with one suggestion being that of behind-closed-doors matches.
While players were initially wary of agreeing to such a proposal when football in this country was first suspended, Barnes has revealed a switch in feeling.
He told The Athletic: “Players are realistic. In an ideal world, we would be playing in front of crowds. But we're not in an ideal world and certainly, the players I've spoken to accept that if that is what it's going to be, that's what it will have to be.
“I've been speaking to players — including two or three very high-profile Premier League players more or less on a daily basis — and the conversations I had with them at the outset were based around not wanting to play behind closed doors if at all possible.
“I said to them, 'Look, none of us, in an ideal world, want to play in front of empty stadiums. Football is about fans. But the reality is that for the vast majority of the players, particularly at the highest level, their income is funded by television money and there are contracts that have to be adhered to.
“To be fair, most players very much took that on board when we spoke to them. The players get it. They understand the alternative. Quite frankly, if we're going to get the season finished in a timely fashion so that we can even consider starting next season, we've got to be open to all options.
“If it means playing behind closed doors has to happen in order that contracts are protected, fixtures fulfilled and commercial deals honoured, then I think we've all got to come together and accept we've all got to make sacrifices to try and find a solution for the industry as a whole.”