The Premier League has issued a joint statement with other sporting entities, including the FA and EFL, on the return of fans to sporting events.
The Premier League makes joint statement following meeting with Secretary of State on the return of fans to sports events
— Premier League Communications (@PLComms) September 16, 2020
Here is the statement in full:
We are grateful to Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the United Kingdom, for taking the time to discuss with us the financial impact that COVID-19 is having on the sports sector and issues around the partial return of fans to sports events which is currently under review by the Government. It was a constructive and productive meeting.
All of our organisations are committed to public safety.
Today we were able to explain our extensive arrangements for how we can manage a controlled return of fans following all relevant public health guidelines. It is our firm belief that sports fans will be as safe as in other areas of activity currently permitted.
We also reiterated a commitment to continue to give full assistance to the Government with Test and Trace requirements and public health messaging.
We conveyed to the Secretary of State the very serious financial situation now facing our sports, clubs and venues and that we believe we can stage events safely.
It is clear that if fans cannot return soon that there will be very serious economic implications across our sporting sector.
Our sports have already demonstrated through staging fixtures Behind Closed Doors, in Test events and through the return of recreational sport that we can deliver the very highest standards in safety and best practice.
We will continue to engage with the Government in the days ahead and provide any further evidence required.
This statement details the issues that the league and other sporting entities discussed with the government during their meeting on fan attendance this afternoon.
It is clear that the Premier League is fully committed to having supporters return as soon as possible. They also feel they are sufficiently prepared to mitigate any potential setbacks a return of fans would entail.
Recently, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the plan to have fans back in a limited capacity by next month would need to be revised due to an uptick in coronavirus cases.
This was met with some resistance from the Premier League who claimed it was priority number one to have fans return quickly. Other members of the government seem to be on board with this as well.
Yesterday, Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston’s letter to a fellow MP was revealed where he stated that the government understood the repercussions of continuing to play in empty stadiums and was working towards allowing fans back as soon as possible.