Coronavirus: Premier League clubs to meet to discuss fans’ return setback


Geraint Hughes

Sky Sports News

Support for EFL clubs will also be discussed, but no decision on a plan of action is expected

Last Updated: 28/09/20 7:39pm

Government restrictions have scuppered plans for fans to return to grounds in October

Government restrictions have scuppered plans for fans to return to grounds in October

Premier League clubs and shareholders are to meet, remotely, to discuss the Government’s decision to delay fans being allowed to return to stadiums.

The planned return of spectators to sports venues in England from October 1 could be on hold for six months due to fears over a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a range of restrictions in the House of Commons last week, including those related to mass gatherings. There is frustration among Premier clubs with the Government’s decision, given steps had already been taken for a limited number of fans to be allowed back into stadiums from October 1.

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The Premier League feels a lot of work has gone in to allow the safe return of fans – it has worked with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority for the October 1 return – only for Johnson to prevent it.

This meeting is the first opportunity to get the 20 Premier League clubs together since the announcement last week.

Clubs will continue to lobby the Government for a date for when fans can return, while hoping they can agree on an ‘at-the-latest’ date for stadiums to open their turnstiles, in a limited capacity.

How to address the plight of EFL clubs will also be discussed, but no decision on a plan of action is expected.



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