West Ham chief Karren Brady claims the Premier League and government aim to have fans back in FULL stadiums by September with test events taking place in August
- Football fans will be able to attend stadium matches again by September
- Karen Brady claimed that the Premier League plans to test events in August
- The top flight works together with the government to ensure safe returns
Karren Brady has claimed the Premier League plans to have fans back on stadiums in September and hold test events in August.
Football matches are currently being played without supporters in the stadiums due to the coronavirus and so far there has been no mention of when they will be allowed to return.
Sportsmail previously revealed that it was an opportunity for supporters to participate in smaller games for the season next month.
Karen Brady claims the Premier League and the government want fans to return by September
Supporters are currently prohibited from attending competitions to stop the spread of the coronavirus
The Premier League, clubs and the government all want fans to return, and Brady has shed some light on the plans being drawn up.
And the final stage of the five-step Premier League return is arguably the most important: getting the supporters back to the stadiums. It is also the most complex, ‘Brady revealed in her column for the sun.
“The goal of the Premier League, the government and the SAG (the Safety Advisory Group that issues stadium licenses to supporters) is to have fans back in FULL football stadiums by September.
“Before then, we’ll have to work out the government’s interpretation of social distance – a meter, two meters, or something in between. And we need to figure out how to reduce the risk of transfer when traveling to and from the stadium.
Football fans had to adapt to a new way of supporting their team without attending live
“To try new ways of doing things, there will be plenty of testing events in August that will help shape the policies for the future so that we can finally open the turnstiles.”
Managers, players and fans alike had to adapt to a ‘new standard’ of how the Premier League is played, with empty stadiums that provide eerie environments to play in and supporters can’t encourage their team.
While the Premier League has admirably performed to return games to safety after a three-month absence, there is a feeling that the spectacle isn’t quite the same without fans, and all sides want to fill the stadiums again.
There is also the growing financial concern that is taxing clubs across the football league, with many relying on receipts from supporters buying tickets.
Fans across England have recently starved of the real match day experience
With the current season ending two months later than usual, it is not clear at this time when the next 2020-21 campaign will begin, but it is very likely expected to start later than the usual mid-August start.
The Sports Grounds Safety Authority’s DCMS Stage Five Framework and Green Guide additions will be released in the coming days, and Brady says they will be analyzed by the Premier League prior to the August trials.
The test events to be played in August are likely to be in smaller numbers to facilitate the new measures that may need to be introduced.
West Ham’s London stadium has 66,000 seats, so even if the test events are held in smaller numbers, they will be able to let tens of thousands into the ground.