A number of EFL Clubs will be permitted to admit spectators into Sky Bet League matches this weekend as part of the ongoing ‘return of fans’ pilot programme. As per the current guidance, crowds will be capped at a capacity of 1,000 as discussions continue with the Government about return for supporters’ in greater numbers post October 1, 2020. The move to extend the programme follows a successful pilot staged at Cambridge United last week when fans were in attendance at a professional football match for the first time since March.
This statement from the EFL, which can be seen in full here, is one of a series of pieces of news to come out in the past few days. At Brentford, we have reiterated our support for the return of fans to matches and been backed by local MPs and our fan groups. We have also confirmed that our offer to Season Ticket Holders for this season has been delayed slightly while we await an update from the Government.
The EFL, and other sporting bodies, issued a statement following a meeting with Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, earlier this week. The bodies stated a firm belief that sports fans will be as safe as in other areas of activity currently permitted. See that statement here.
EFL.com has looked at some of the key questions that are being asked in respect of fans returning to stadiums. The Q and A has been provided ahead of several clubs staging pilot events, with details on what matches will look like for supporters and the importance of crowds returning to EFL Clubs. Read it here.
Finally, a message to supporters has come from EFL Chief Executive David Baldwin. He thanked fans for their patience and updated on a series of issued affecting clubs in the league. Read that here.