Boris Johnson announces football fans should be allowed back into stadiums by October in huge boost for next season.

Boris Johnson announces football fans should be allowed back into stadiums by October in huge boost for next season.

Boris Johnson has announced football fans should be allowed back into stadiums by October in a huge boost for next season.

Supporters have been banned from entering grounds since football returned – with just 300 players, staff and personnel allowed inside.

But now the Prime Minister has revealed fans may be allowed back early on in the 2020-21 season – which is set to start on either August 29 or September 12 – subject to trial runs.

Pilot tests will begin as early as NEXT MONTH with a view to having fans in stadiums as soon as possible.

Those test events have been confirmed as a County Cricket match at The Oval, Glorious Goodwood and the Snooker World Championship.

Johnson claimed: “From 1 August we will pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadia with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn.

“From October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia in a Covid-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”

Johnson also suggested the plan was subject to fans following all the rules currently in place – and there being no flare ups in the coronavirus “R” rate.

MATCH BALLOTS

But fans face random ballots for match tickets next season due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The Premier League’s chief medical officer Mark Gillett has predicted there are unlikely to be any capacity crowds allowed for all of the 2020-21 campaign.

The Premier League recently offered itself up as a nationwide “guinea pig” to lead the way back for fans at sports events.

League chief executive Richard Masters revealed he had told the Government-backed cross-sport working group that football will try out any dry runs that could open up the turnstiles.

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