Premier League and EFL want vaccine passports to get fans back into stadiums next season as both agencies back the plan
- The Premier League and EFL want vaccination passports for next season
- Both agencies support the scheme that would aid in the return of supporters
- There will be plans for fans who cannot be vaccinated so they don’t lose
- Passports could be introduced in late July, in time for the 2021-2022 season
The Premier League and Football League want the government to introduce vaccine passports to facilitate fans’ return to stadiums next season.
Sportsmail is informed that, as part of a Covid Certification Review conducted by the Cabinet Office, both agencies this week submitted evidence outlining their support for vaccine certificates. These are intended to work digitally as part of the test and trace NHS app.
Government consultation on the introduction of vaccine passports has been rejected by representatives of the hospitality industry. However, the Premier League and EFL are confident the plan could play a vital role in enabling fans to attend matches.
The Premier League and EFL want to introduce vaccine passports to welcome fans
Both would also like it to be extended to supporters who have tested negative for Covid-19 within the required timeframe. There is a recognition that some people cannot be vaccinated for health or religious reasons, and executives don’t want them to lose.
The earliest proposed date for the introduction of vaccine passports is the end of July, and that’s when it is hoped that all adults will be offered at least one shot – a timetable that would fit with the start of next season. The EFL starts on August 6 and the Premier League a week later.
The FA are also expected to embrace vaccine passports when introduced, although they won’t be used at the European Championship when Wembley opens its doors to Scotland fans for the Group D England clash.
Both leagues are convinced that the plan could play a vital role in bringing fans back
The scheme could be rolled out at the end of July, just in time for the start of the 2021-2022 campaign
There is hope that at least 10,000 domestic supporters will be allowed into the national stadium for England’s group matches. That means Scotland fans will have a chance to cheer on Steve Clarke’s men on June 18.
Next week, the government confirms spectators’ plan to return to football – but fans will have to pass up to three Covid tests to attend test events. Sportsmail understands that Whitehall will release their test event schedule as early as Monday.
The FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton on April 18, where 4,000 spectators will be admitted, and the Carabao Cup final between Tottenham and Manchester City on April 25, where 8,000 spectators are hoped to attend, will be seen as dates are confirmed. .
To request tickets, spectators must return at least one negative Covid-19 side flow test before attending the match, conducted 24 hours prior to an event. They will also have to commit to take a PCR Covid-19 home test after the event.
Passports won’t be ready in time for the euro, with fans expected for England v Scotland