UK Government Restrictions Could Deter Fans From Coming Back To The Stadium

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (photo: BBC)

On Tuesday 22nd September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press conference that pilot events for sport in September would be restricted to a maximum of 1,000 fans per event. “We must revise plans to pilot larger audiences in venues later this month and review our intention to return audiences to stadiums from 1 October,”

The PM said. “But that doesn’t mean we are going to scrap the programme entirely. We are just going to have to review it and abridge it.” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden tweeted later in the day saying that changes to the plans will be announced shortly, as a result of an increased number of Covid-19 cases in the UK, with the plan of getting close to normal fans back to the stadium by Christmas, the rise of cases might just be enough scare to case the government to ask the league to move date further behind.

The premier league responded saying, they are set and ready to invited fans back into the stadium and they also stressed on the fact that the teams and the economy at large are losing so much money every time the government sits on the decision to allow the stadiums to open.

“It’s not just the loss of matchday revenue,” Richard Masters said. “Every Premier League match on average generates about 20 million pounds for the economy both local and national so we want to play our part in helping the economy to recover as well.” 

All football fans wait to see the next move of the English government, who is under intense pressure to follow the steps of other European countries like France to let fans back into the stadiums of the most viewed football league in the world.  


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