Boris Johnson confirms Premier League fans will NOT return in October amid fears of empty stadiums for
BORIS JOHNSON confirmed Premier League fans will NOT return in October - amid fears football will remain behind closed doors for 'several months'.
The Government is now not able to move forward with the proposed return of fans to sporting events - initially set for October 1.
Don’t think this is a short term ‘pause’ either. I’m hearing sports are to be asked by govt what impact will be of no fans for SEVERAL MONTHS.All signs are that action will continue behind closed doors well into next year. Prem League says £100m / month will be lost across game https://t.co/Yvm5O2RYqN— Dan Roan (@danroan) September 22, 2020
Prime Minister Johnson said: "We have to acknowledge that the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events.
"So we will not be able to do this from October 1 and I recognise the implications for our sports clubs which are the life and soul of our communities, and my right honourable friends the Chancellor and the Culture Secretary are working urgently on what we can do now to support them."
According to the BBC, Premier League fixtures are likely to remain behind closed doors well into next year.
Dan Roan tweeted: "Don’t think this is a short term ‘pause’ either.
"I’m hearing sports are to be asked by govt what impact will be of no fans for SEVERAL MONTHS.
"All signs are that action will continue behind closed doors well into next year."
BBC Sport editor Dan Roan then went on to say the Premier League will be hit to the tune of £100MILLION per month with no fans.
He continued: "Premier League says £100m / month will be lost across game."
Throughout the summer, the Government used various sporting events - including snooker, cricket, horse racing and even Chelsea's pre-season clash at Brighton - as 'pilot' events to welcome fans back to grounds.
They too could now be a thing of the past as officials fear a 'second lockdown'.
The Government have also confirmed pubs and restaurants MUST now shut at 10pm from Tuesday in a bid to halt the rise in cases of coronavirus.
There has also been a U-turn on the 'return to work' scheme, with people urged to work from home wherever possible.
Meanwhile, Leyton Orient's Carabao Cup clash against Tottenham is in jeopardy after 18 PLAYERS tested positive for Covid-19.