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Government hopes to invite fans from October 1st

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To discuss fans’ return to the grounds, this week the UK government is scheduled to meet senior sports officials with the Department for Digital, Entertainment, Media, and Sport ( DCMS) hoping to invite some spectators back for October 1st.

The pilot event was seen as a success when around 2,500 fans were invited to attend the friendly clash between Brighton and Chelsea in August. However, the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases in the UK has caused a rethink on plans to invite fans back to the ground, with pilot events restricted to 1,000 participants.

The Premier League criticized this, with CEO Richard Masters stating in a statement released on Friday that they had written to the government to express their concerns about the small number of fans permitted to return as part of the pilot tests.

However, this week the UK government will meet with senior officials to try and settle on a proposal and reopen grounds for returning fans once again states  BBC Sport. In addition, DCMS State Secretary Oliver Dowden will be consulting with stakeholders to consider their views ahead of the government talks.

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