English FA and leagues pitch for return of spectators

LONDON: England's Football Association and leagues have urged the government to allow fans to return to stadiums, assuring supporters in an open letter that they can hold matches safely.

“We will continue to urge the Government to allow us to return fans safely to stadiums.”

Due to the new restrictions placed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the plans to allow return of crowds of upto 25-30% capacity from October were put on hold.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, FA chief executive Mark Bullingham, FA Director of women's football Kelly Simmons and EFL chief executive David Baldwin have undersigned the letter saying they will be working together to make the venues safe for the return of fans.

"With the EFL, Premier League, Women's Super League and Women's Championship already staging eleven successful test events recently, we have demonstrated that we can deliver matches safely," the letter said.

"The sooner we can return, the sooner we can reunite communities and support local jobs, livelihoods, regional businesses and also the national economy."

“Clubs want to be pro-active on this matter and are willing to consider measures both in the stadium and on the approach that will allay any concerns as to fans’ safety.” read the letter showing the willingness of the governing bodies to take necessary measure to bring back fans to the stadium as soon as possible.