Fans have been greatly missed at Premier League matches and therefore the Premier League welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday regarding the return of supporters for the first time since March 2020, albeit at small numbers.
The Premier League’s ambition remains to work with Government to increase attendance to more substantial levels. Until this can be done, many fans will be unable to attend games and our clubs will continue to operate matches at a financial loss.
The priority continues to be the agreement of a roadmap, with DCMS and the Sports Technology and Innovation Group, for pilot events that can help the Premier League clubs quickly scale up to larger capacities in line with the Sports Ground Safety Authority’s COVID-secure guidelines and beyond.
Premier League clubs have a proven track record of achieving high-biosecurity standards and the Premier League believe they can play a significant role in the Government’s rapid turnaround testing initiative.
The Premier League look forward to working with Government on their next steps.