Football fans will be allowed back into stadiums NEXT MONTH as the Government ease up on lockdown rules for sport… but capacity will be capped and spectators ‘must sign a code of behaviour that could include a ban on singing’
- Fans could be allowed back into football stadiums again from next month
- Their return could coincide with start of the new season in England and Wales
- But spectators will have to agree to a code of behaviour to be let back in
- This may mean they won’t be able to sing or chant during matches
- That’s because of fears of spreading coronavirus while fans are in the stands
- Lockdown restrictions have been eased to allow fans back to sports events
Football fans ‘will have to sign a code of conduct’ when they return to stadiums from next month – and that ‘could include a ban on singing’.
Lockdown restrictions are being eased gradually and that could mean spectators are readmitted to stadiums in time for the new season in England and Wales.
But fans will have to take responsibility by agreeing to rules on behaviour before they’re allowed inside.
Fans will be urged not to chant or sing when they’re allowed back into stadiums next month
Fans will be told to keep their mouths shut for fear of spreading coronavirus in the stands
A young fan at a Russian Premier League wears a face mask as he supports his team
Fans will be encouraged by the possibility they could be admitted – in limited numbers to adhere to social distancing – in time for the start of the new season on September 12.
But things will be very different to before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with fans having to sign up to various rules before they’re given a ticket.
One is likely to be that no singing or chanting is allowed during the games for fear of spreading the virus to other fans.
Television broadcasters added artificial atmosphere to Premier League matches following the resumption of the season with games played out behind closed doors.
In America’s Major League Soccer, fans had to sign a waiver saying they wouldn’t take legal action against clubs or the league if they contracted coronavirus while attending a game.
3,000 spectators were allowed in to the MLS match between FC Dallas and Nashville on Wednesday night but only after signing the form.
The Premier League season was concluded behind closed doors after the June restart
Spectators are allowed to attend the final of the World Snooker Championships this weekend
One-way entry and exit plus staggered arrival times are also likely to become the norm for those fans lucky enough to get a ticket.
Fans will be spread out to adhere to social distancing guidelines and hand sanitiser stations will be set up.
And fans will be expected to take full responsibility for themselves by not attending games if they show Covid-19 symptoms or if they’ve been near anyone who has them.
It comes amid an easing of lockdown rules relating to sport that will see snooker fans back at the Crucible for this weekend’s World Championship final.
Other ‘pilot’ events in the coming weeks include rugby matches and horse racing at Goodwood.
And if these are successful, we may see fans back in football stadiums in time for the start of the English season on September 12 or soon after.