Premier League fans face delayed return to stadiums after Boris Johnson’s October update – Latest News

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Sport has been behind closed doors in the UK since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

October has been identified as the target for when supporters can be integrated back into stadiums.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a statement suggesting sport fans may not be back inside stadiums as soon as October following the Covid-19 setback in the UK

Supporters socially-distanced in the pre-season friendly match between Brighton and Chelsea at the Amex Stadium on August 29

Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued an update on new restrictions for the UK

Premier League stadiums will remain empty when the season gets underway this weekend

It was decided earlier this week that all Premier League games at the start of the 2020/21 season will now be shown on TV, just like the end of last term.

Premier League clubs have been hit by a major blow after Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted doubt as to when fans will be back.

The financial impact on football, at the very top as well as in the EFL and non-league levels, has been devastating.

And discussing the latest with sport, Mr Johnson told a No.10 press conference: “We must revise plans to pilot larger audiences in stadiums & review our intention to return audiences to stadiums from the 1st October.”

Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned once again from next Monday.

And it could remain that way beyond September following the Prime Minister’s update today.

Boris Johnson’s comments came after Premier League chief Richard Masters declared it is “absolutely critical” fans are allowed back inside stadiums as soon as possible.

“Organised sport will still be able to proceed.”

He added: “That doesn’t mean we’re going to scrap the programme entirely. It just means we are going to review and abridge it.

Premier League clubs will face giant costs if supporters cannot return during the 2020/21 campaign.

With the Premier League staying behind closed doors for the time being, TV fixture changes were made again this week for the first two rounds of matches.

Arsenal get the new season underway with an away game at newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday (12.30pm), which will be live on Sky Sports.

Masters told BBC Sport: “We have to get back to fans inside stadia as quickly as possible – that’s the big thing that’s missing, economic or otherwise – we need fans back inside stadiums for all sorts of reasons and it’s the number one priority.”

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