PREMIER LEAGUE teams are likely to be without packed stadiums for at least another year as a result of coronavirus.
That’s according to leading government adviser James Calder, who told The Associated Press that only 25 per cent of capacity will be filled once arenas are able to open their doors to the public.
Since last month’s restart, all Prem teams have been playing games behind closed doors.
Fans have had to make do with watching matches on their TV.
And it was hoped supporters would soon be able to watch their favourite sides in action live.
However, Calder says it will be “very difficult” for Premier League sides to host full stadiums while there is no vaccine available.
And if the green light is given to arenas opening their doors, a maximum of just 25 per cent of seats will be filled.
Following confirmation of the dates for next season, Calder explained: “Whilst we’ve got a virus around without a vaccine, I think it’s going to be very difficult [to have full crowds.
“I can’t see it happening really until next year at the earliest.
“We’re probably looking at a maximum 25 per cent full capacity.
“Perhaps in some stadiums it may be down to 17 per cent and there’s a financial viability as to whether it’s viable to open up the stadium.”
Calder also hopes less Covid-19 tests will need to be conducted on footballers in the next campaign.
But he has warned players to steer clear of certain countries when they break for their holidays.
Calder added: “In the next season we may start off with once or twice a week and then review throughout the season.
“When you’re away, just keep your social distancing – don’t let your guard down.
“You probably want to choose the place you go to carefully. The USA and Brazil and South America are difficult places.
“I’d avoid the States and South America at the moment, and India and Pakistan.”