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UK Government to Meet Sports Officials on the Issue of Fans in Stadiums

The UK government is scheduled to meet senior sports officials this week to discuss fans’ return to the grounds.

BBC Sport states that this week the UK government will meet with senior officials to try and settle on a proposal and reopen grounds for returning fans once again.

Around 2,500 fans were invited to attend the friendly clash between Brighton and Chelsea in August and the pilot event was seen as a success.

However, the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases in the UK has caused a rethink on plans to invite fans back to the ground, with pilot events restricted to 1,000 participants.

Indeed, the Department for Digital, Entertainment, Media and Sport (DCMS) are hoping to invite some spectators back for October 1st.

A letter sent to Nigel Huddleston, the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, calls for the return of fans, too.

The Premier League criticized this, with CEO Richard Masters stating in a statement released on Friday that they had written to the government to express their concerns about the small number of fans permitted to return as part of the pilot tests.

Nevertheless, DCMS State Secretary Oliver Dowden will be consulting with stakeholders to consider their views ahead of the government talks.