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Chelsea Ask Fans For Proof Of Covid Vaccinations And Negative Tests

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Chelsea Ask Fans For Proof Of Covid Vaccinations And Negative Tests

Chelsea are the first Premier League club to provide evidence that they are of low risk of Covid-19 in order to get to games, as the start of the new season gets closer.

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Fans were absent from the Premier League for most of last season as the pandemic continued to affect crowds at sports events.

There was a short spell around December when some teams could have fans and a small number of fans were allowed at all of the final two game days.

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Clubs are hoping to be able to welcome full capacity stadiums back when the season starts up again next month, but their could be restrictions.

There are reports that from October fans might have to prove they've had both vaccinations in order to get into the ground.

Chelsea have started their policy early though, with their friendly with Tottenham Hotspur the first match that will require attendees to prove they are of low risk.

"Supporters attending our home games this season, starting with the men's fixture against Tottenham next week, will need to provide evidence they are at low risk of transmitting Covid-19 to enter Stamford Bridge and Kingsmeadow," a statement on the club's website said ahead of the August 4th game with Spurs.

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Chelsea players applaud the fans after the final home game of last season. Image: PA Images
Chelsea players applaud the fans after the final home game of last season. Image: PA Images

"Supporters will need to provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (with both doses received at least 14 days prior to the match) or proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test (LFT - from age 11 and over) carried out within 48 hours of the fixture kicking off.

"Proof of full vaccination should be supplied via your NHS Covid Pass on the NHS app, or a vaccination letter. Supporters displaying a negative Lateral Flow result should do so on the NHS app, or via a text message or email from NHS Test and Trace."

Chelsea fans will get a glimpse of the trophy next week. Image: PA Images
Chelsea fans will get a glimpse of the trophy next week. Image: PA Images
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The policy at Stamford Bridge is the same one that fans at Euro 2020 had to go through, as did fans at Wimbledon for the tennis.

The Premier League is said to be behind the government's push to require fans to need the vaccine from later this season, and players will also be required to have it.

Chelsea fans at the Spurs friendly will be able to see the Champions League trophy for the first time since the club beat Manchester City in the final in May.

The Blues announced that a player will parade around the pitch before kick off, which will serve as a brilliant troll to their rivals who aren't even in the competition next season.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Chelsea, Football, Premier League

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