Friday, 17 July 2020

Friday, 17 July 2020

FA Statement: The FA Welcomes Potential Return of Spectators to Stadiums

Following the news that the UK government is taking steps to facilitate the return of fans to football stadiums and sporting arenas across the world of sport and entertainment, the Football Association have released a statement welcoming the update.
On Friday morning Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that his government hopes to see fans allowed back into stadiums in October with several test events due to take place in the not-too-distant-future as sport and the wider world looks to return to some semblance of normality following several months behind closed doors.

Released via the FA's official website, the organisation confirms; We welcome the Government’s positive update today which means we and our football partners can step up our efforts to get fans back into stadiums as soon as possible.

Supporters are the lifeblood of our national game, and that has been underlined by how much their absence has been felt at matches over the last month.

We pay tribute to everyone that has worked so hard to get matches on in these challenging times, including the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Finals to be played at a behind-closed-doors Wembley Stadium this weekend, but elite-level football without fans is simply not the same.

We will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities on how we can bring them back in a safe and secure manner, including any help we can provide to the proposed pilot events.

This work will go hand in hand with the imminent return of grassroots football, our planning for the resumption of men’s and women’s international fixtures and the return of women’s football with the Barclays FA WSL and Women’s FA Cup.

Although several other issues will need to be dealt with before sporting facilities can safely host fans this is a positive step towards some much-needed financial income as clubs across the leagues continue to suffer.

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