OFFICIAL: Premier League's statement on the return of fans to stadiums

OFFICIAL: Premier League's statement on the return of fans to stadiums

The Premier League has welcomed England Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement that fans could be allowed to attend sporting events. 

Johnson made the announcement on Monday, even though it will be a fraction of the stadiums' capacity; roughly 4,000 depending on a number of factors. 

In a statement, the Premier League indicated they were impressed with the decision and promised to work together with the government to make it work. 

The statement read;

"Our 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,"

"Our priority continues to be the agreement of a roadmap, with DCMS and the Sports Technology and Innovation Group, for pilot events that can help our 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 we believe we can play a significant role in the Government’s rapid turnaround testing initiative. 

"We look forward to working with Government on their next steps,"

This will be the f irst time fans are allowed back in  the stands since the coronavirus outbreak in March.