Premier League release statement about fans returning to the stadium

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Games in England have been played behind closed doors since the coronavirus pandemic ensured that most open activities were restricted.

Since the league’s restart last season, fans haven’t been permitted into the stadiums, although there has been plans in place for fans to return to the stadium this season.

A test run in the friendly game between Chelsea and Brighton at the Amex Stadium just before the start of the season, permitted 2500 fans to be in attendance, as certain safety rules were put in place to avoid spreading the virus.

The UK government had planned to give permission for clubs to have back fans in the stadium from October 1, and the Premier League has urged them to keep their promise.

A Premier League statement issued on Thursday read: “The Premier League and its clubs met today to discuss the return of supporters to stadiums.

“Safety remains the No 1 priority and clubs reiterated their commitment to ensuring Premier League stadiums will be among the safest public places, through the effective use of a wide range of mitigation measures.

“Clubs will adopt a range of common standards, which will help deliver bio-secure, safe environments for fans across the League.

“Clubs reaffirmed that the continued loss of matchday revenues is having a significant impact across the League as well as on the football pyramid and local and national economies.

“Taking into account the high safety standards which will be set by the Premier League in conjunction with the relevant public authorities, the League and clubs urge Government to remain committed to the 1 October date for the controlled return of fans to sporting venues.”

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