Some Premier League Clubs Could Reject The Chance To Bring Fans Back
Premier League clubs could reject the chance to bring fans back into stadiums thanks to cost concerns and a lack of plan regarding full crowds.
But Sportsmail have revealed all 20 teams would take huge losses if they admitted the maximum amount of fans - which most stadiums in the country won't be able to.
Most teams need to sell around 10,000 tickets per game to break-even and the cost of running games will be higher thanks to Covid safety measures.
A lack of plan in regards to stadiums returning to full capacity is said to be alarming teams, with Sports Technology Industry Group currently not involved in the process.
Clubs had believed they'd be able to fill grounds up to 25% of their capacity, rather than the government's decided amounts.
STIP are tasked with working on solutions that'll see stadiums be filled safely once again.
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A new 'Covid Code of Conduct' was sent out to clubs over the weekend and allegedly states: "This may include singing, shouting and alcohol consumption."
All supporters will be asked to sign up when they buy their ticket, while there will be sanctions discussed for those failing to comply.
Face coverings will be mandatory at all times as will a health questionnaire, and different arrival times will be scheduled in an attempt to keep up social distancing.
The Premier League released a statement following the government's announcement which read:
"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.
COVID WINTER PLAN- Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) November 23, 2020
Sports fans back in stadia from 2nd Dec
:four:K or 50% of capacity in Tier 1
:two:K or 50% of capacity in Tier 2
A big step forward for fans as we work towards fuller capacities
Thanks to pilot hosts & fans for showing this can be done safely@HuddlestonNigel pic.twitter.com/YKJnc7JAx0
"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."
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