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EFL response to Government announcement

Update from governing body last night

23 February 2021

The EFL has responded to a Government announcement that indicated supporters may be able to be back in football stadiums inside three months. Football has been played almost exclusively behind closed doors due to the outbreak of Covid-19. But, in a statement yesterday, Monday 22 February, a plan to return to playing in front of fans was set out.

Fans have not been allowed to attend games, except a small number, since football was halted for a three month period just under a year ago. Some fans were allowed in to some matches in late 2020 and Brentford played two home games and one away fixture in front of supporters before matches were once again put behind closed doors and restrictions were placed on movement in order to reduce the spread of the virus. But up to 10,000 fans could be back in stadiums by mid-May as part of the Government's plans to move back towards a more normal way of life.

With a vaccination programme against Covid-19 now in operation, the Government has announced a plan to ease restrictions. This includes supporters being allowed to attend sporting events from mid-May if possible. The full Government statement can be seen here.

The EFL and Football Association responded to the statement yesterday. Pilot events could be held in April and the football authorities are investigating the possibility of taking part. The Sky Bet Championship season is due to end on 8 May but the Play-Off matches will take place later in May.

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