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Football fans fear return of crowds to stadiums in October will be CANCELLED with new lockdown rules


‘Fans in stadiums just isn’t happening is it?’: Football supporters fear return of crowds to stadiums in October will be CANCELLED with new lockdown rules coming to England

  • Football supporters fear that the plan to return to normality will be pushed back
  • Government officials announced that fans could return to live events in October
  • Pilot events have been held since August as lockdown measures eased in the UK
  • However, a spike in coronavirus cases could put those plans on the back-burner

Football fans desperate for a return to normality could be made to wait even longer amid fears that plans to return to stadiums next month will be shelved by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

With coronavirus cases on the rise again in England, fans have been left fearing the worst with government officials ready to impose tighter Covid-19 restrictions in a bid to prevent a second wave of infections across the country.

From Monday onwards, it will be illegal for to assemble in groups of seven or more anywhere in England, whether indoors or out, which will have a huge knock-on effect for sporting events that were banking on getting fans back into stadiums by early October.

Football supporters fear that plans to return to stadiums next month will be shelved

Football supporters fear that plans to return to stadiums next month will be shelved

Mr Johnson announced in July that spectators would be able to attend live sporting events in person from October as the country edged towards a sense of normality.

However, new lockdown rules could put these plans on the back-burner on Wednesday afternoon, leaving sports supporters distraught at the thought.

After imposing the stricter and tighter guidelines on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said the dramatic steps were the way to ‘keep our economy going, keep our schools open and keep this virus under control’. 

One Twitter user questioned what would happen to smaller clubs if they will be made to wait for gate revenue once again.

The tweet read: ‘Don’t think it’s looking good for fans getting back into football stadiums next month. I wonder if #CUFC will knock this weeks season ticket payments on the head. Really don’t know how some clubs are going to survive this. Grim.’

Boris Johnson is expected to provide an update on fan pilot events on Wednesday afternoon

Boris Johnson is expected to provide an update on fan pilot events on Wednesday afternoon

Another suggested that fans shouldn’t be given hope of any sort of a return unless a vaccine has been found for the virus.

Twitter user @PiiaMay said: ‘So the UK all in again for more restrictions? Yeah.. that’s why Fans back in the stadiums won’t happen there. That’s why it shouldn’t happen anywhere unless there’s a vaccine. This virus is still out there and people act like it isn’t.’

Up until this week, many sports, including football, have been holding test pilot events in an attempt to get fans back into grounds.

Brighton welcomed 2,500 fans into the Amex Stadium for their friendly with Chelsea last month, while sports like snooker and rugby have also had spectators attend.

Football fans on Twitter questioned whether spectators would be back in stadiums next month

Football fans on Twitter questioned whether spectators would be back in stadiums next month

Horse racing is also looking to make the transition back but will also likely be affected by the new rules.

The crowd pilot at Doncaster on Wednesday will still go ahead as normal where over 3,000 paying spectators will be allowed in to watch the action.

The intention has been to allow a small number of paying spectators into the racecourse every day of the meeting which culminates in the St Leger on Saturday when there would be a crowd of over 5,000. 

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