The Premier League, the EFL, the FA, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship say they remain fully committed to returning fans to football grounds as soon as it is safe to do so.
The open letter, addressed to fans, highlights the steps put in place to make football stadia Covid-19 secure, and urges the government to allow football to follow in the footsteps of major arts and music venues, who have been allowed to operate socially-distanced events.
“The Premier League, EFL, the FA, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship want to assure all fans that together we are fully committed to your safe return to football grounds as soon as possible,” began the statement.
Matches in England have been played behind closed doors since football’s coronavirus lockdown was lifted in June.
However, in late August, 2,500 fans attended the Amex Stadium to watch Brighton take on Chelsea in a pre-season friendly. There had been an intention among Premier League clubs to try to return fans to grounds in some capacity in early October but a tightening of coronavirus restrictions in England delayed that process again.
“With the EFL, Premier League, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship already staging 11 successful test events recently, we have demonstrated that we can deliver matches safely. The sooner we can return, the sooner we can reunite communities and support local jobs, livelihoods, regional businesses and also the national economy,” added the statement.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO URGE GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW US TO RETURN FANS SAFELY TO STADIUMS. IT IS POSITIVE PROGRESS THAT MAJOR ARTS AND MUSIC VENUES HAVE BEEN TOLD THEY CAN RUN SOCIALLY-DISTANCED EVENTS INDOORS. AND NOW FOOTBALL SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DO THE SAME – IN HIGHLY REGULATED AND STEWARDED OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS.