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Fans would need “clinical passports” to enter a stadium

To help bring fans back into the stadiums to watch matches the Premier League is looking at “clinical passports”, says Richard Masters, chief executive. 

In June the English top-flight restarted without supporters, because of the coronavirus pandemic, to complete the 2019-20 season.

Masters, writing in The Times, said the Premier League is “willing to see how we can support the development of ‘clinical passports’ – an app-based system that looks at all the symptoms and other contributing factors for Covid-19.”

The season 2020–21 is scheduled to begin on September 12.

Professor James Calder chaired the cross-sport working group on the entry to sport with government and health officials.

He lately told BBC Sport that this year’s sporting events are extremely dubious to have large crowds.

He added if chanting proves to increase the risk of transmission crowd sizes could be further impacted and the whole of England’s next football season could be played in front of reduced capacities.

Masters said the Premier League had a club working group liaising with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and medical experts looking for “practical solutions” for supporters coming back.

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Fans would need "clinical passports" to enter a stadium

He added that there was also a “wide-range fan consultation” and their attendance at games would help to “boost the economic viability of the game as a whole in these challenging times.”

“We’re ready to help lead football through tests of what’s possible, investing in technology and best practice steps to reduce risk and make it sustainable for fans to return to the grounds,” Masters said.

“Test and trace will provide crucial support to get fans back to the stands. We’ll urge supporters to be responsible and participate with this program to help make football environments as safe as possible.”

“We are considering all areas of a match day, from ticketing solutions, configuration of stadium seating allocation and timed entries, to temperature checks and in-seat food and drink service for fans.”

“We will work with local authorities and clubs to find solutions to local transport challenges such as the introduction of additional parking spaces and secure bicycle spaces and the implementation of park-and-walk systems.”

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