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Plans to allow thousands of sports fans to return are suspended due to the Covid spike


Boris Johnson will postpone plans to partially return fans to all sports stadiums on October 1st due to the recent surge in Covid cases.

Pilot events with a maximum of 1,000 fans were held in each stadium, with the aim of bringing all venues back to 30 percent by the beginning of next month.

However, both measures will soon be halted amid mounting restrictions the government imposed starting Thursday amid fears of a strong second wave of Covid-19 this fall, sources told BBC Radio 4.

At the last test events last Saturday, up to 1,000 fans were admitted to eight EFL games

Carlisle fans socially distanced themselves in the stands as they watched their team live

Carlisle fans socially distanced themselves in the stands as they watched their team live

It was part of the "Return to the Fans" pilot program amid the COVID-19 pandemic

It was part of the "Return to the Fans" pilot program amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The Guardian also reported to a source that the "mood music" read that viewers' return would be abandoned.

100 sports organizations, including the Premier League, FA and Rugby Football Union, wrote to Mr. Johnson urging funding to avoid a "lost generation" of physical activity.

According to a letter released by BBC Sport, the group warns that the future of the sector is "dangerous" and urges the government to set up a "sports recovery fund" to help the industry endure the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

The letter, written by organizations such as the Football Association, the Premier League, the Rugby Football Union and the Cricket Board of England and Wales, reportedly said: “We need a comprehensive package of support for the sporting and physical sectors, to aid his recovery.

'This package needs to combine investment, tax incentives and regulatory reforms.

& # 39; Covid-19 has undermined our commercial revenue streams as both stadiums and recreational facilities have been closed or severely reduced in capacity. The effects will potentially result in a lost generation of sports and activity. & # 39;

Lisa Wainwight, Executive Director of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, told the BBC: & # 39; The strength of this sports, leisure and activity coalition cannot be ignored in its public appeal to the Prime Minister.

"It is imperative that our sector has the support it needs from the government to get back on track, to ease pressure on the NHS and to play a central role in our country's recovery."

However, the return to sports stadiums is halted by Boris Johnson - 100 sports organizations, including the Premier League, FA and Rugby Football Union, wrote to the Prime Minister (pictured) urging funding to prevent a loss of physical activity

However, the return to sports stadiums is stopped by Boris Johnson – 100 sports organizations, including the Premier League, FA and Rugby Football Union, wrote to the Prime Minister (pictured) urging funding to avoid a loss of physical activity generation

Boris Johnson is set to announce heavy-duty crackdown on normal life today to stop a second wave of coronavirus.

The prime minister will suspend his "back to work" drive, announce restrictions on socializing and impose a 10pm curfew on bars and restaurants from Thursday.

Pubs and other venues are only allowed to serve seated customers, and drinkers are not allowed to gather in crowds. Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said yesterday that breaking "unnecessary household ties" is critical.

In a somber briefing on television yesterday, Mr Whitty said the restrictions may have to last six months to help the NHS weather the winter.

Government scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance told the briefing without action that Covid cases could reach 50,000 a day by the middle of next month and would die by November 200 a day.

The number of confirmed cases reported for Sunday rose by 4,368 from 3,899 the previous day. There were 11 more deaths.

Norwich fans were happy to be back to watch their game against Preston

Norwich fans were happy to be back to watch their game against Preston

There were many Middlesbrough fans in attendance to play Bournemouth

There were many Middlesbrough fans in attendance to face Bournemouth

Areas for supporters to sit in Brunton Park and stewards to monitor fans

Areas for supporters to sit in Brunton Park and stewards to monitor fans

In addition to soccer, other major sports have raised concerns about when they can safely get spectators back on the grounds. The originally planned return flight date on October 1 seems unlikely in the course of the days despite the pilot events taking place.

Up to 1,000 fans were allowed to play eight games in the three divisions of the EFL last Saturday afternoon, including the championship games in Middlesbrough and Norwich – a decision that caused setbacks for fans as they feared for their safety and well-being.

EFL chairman Rick Parry, who said EFL clubs are losing £ 25 million a month while fans are banned from stadiums due to Covid-19 concerns, believes these football test events "show the nation the way forward." " can.

The final games followed a successful pilot event with 1,000 fans in last week's EFL Trophy game between Cambridge United and Fulham Under 21s.

Fans returned to a competitive game for the first time since the pandemic began on Saturday when Carlisle United fans were allowed to take part in their League Two game against Southend United.

Areas have been marked for fans to sit in at Brunton Park while face covers were required to be worn when entering the floor, but not on the stadium seats or on the terraces.

Stewards also monitored where fans were placed as both the seating and patio areas in Carlisle were open to supporters.

Premier League clubs fear a second wave will keep viewers away from football pitches - like Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (above) - until November

Premier League clubs fear a second wave will keep viewers away from football pitches – like the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (above) – until November

A socially distant crowd at Brighton FC stadium during a friendly game on August 29th

A socially distant crowd at Brighton FC stadium during a friendly game on August 29th

There are currently no plans to host test events in Premier League matches as England's top players enter the third week of the 2020-21 season.

West Ham boss Karren Brady has criticized the top flight's decision to delay the return of fans, claiming a Premier League stadium is "safer than your own living room".

She added: "Honestly, 1,000 people at West Ham's 66,000-seat stadium in London is so far from that destination that I can take on high heels from 25 meters. It's both ridiculous and irrelevant." ;

Brady stated that the clubs are losing around £ 80m in matchday revenue every month. "My plea for large numbers of people to return is by no means all about lost revenue, although the sums are incredibly high," she added.

West Ham vice chairman Karren Brady insists football is ready to welcome fans back to the games

West Ham vice chairman Karren Brady insists football is ready to welcome fans back to the games

In other parts of Europe, some countries are accelerating their plans to get fans back into the stadiums.

Some football fans in Germany returned last weekend to see their teams in action. 4,600 fans were there to watch Union Berlin play against Augsburg.

The duel between Bayern Munich and Seville in the UEFA Super Cup on Thursday will continue with 20,000 spectators.

UEFA bosses were accused by a Hungarian MP of having carried out a "human experiment" by playing the game in Budapest in front of 14,000 Hungarians and 3,000 fans from every club that entered the country.

Socialist Party MP Ildiko Borbely said the football organization looking for answers to the spread of coronavirus at mass events was using the event as "medical research" and her party had repeatedly urged the government to make the game a closed event close.

In Formula 1, up to 20,000 fans can be present at the Eifel Grand Prix on the German Nürburgring next month, the local authorities announced on Monday, whereby the infections in the region were under control.

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