Premier League chief gives update of fans being in the stadium for Chelsea’s pre-season clash against Brighton

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Last season saw a bizarre end to the Premier League, as the season ended in front of an empty stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic that ravaged the world.

The Premier League is planning to let fans in back in the stadiums next season, and did a test run in the friendly game between Brighton and Chelsea at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, with about 2500 fans in attendance.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has described the test event for the partial return of supporters as “very encouraging” as plans are in place to have a filled stadium next season.

“Brighton & Hove Albion did a fantastic job at their test event for the return of supporters and it was great to see fans in a Premier League stadium for the first time since March,” Masters said.

“The success of having 2,500 supporters in the Amex was very encouraging and we are committed to having full stadia as soon as possible, with safety always our priority. We are working hard alongside our clubs, the Government and the safety authorities to achieve this.”

There were so many stringent safety protocols in place, with strict social distancing measures around the ground, with hand sanitisation points on the approaches to the Premier League ground.

Face masks or shields were mandatory for fans while queuing to get into the stadium, but not while seated, and a digital match ticket was scanned for entry into the stadium, with cashless transactions at kiosks.

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