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Premier League fans face delayed return to stadiums after Boris Johnson’s October update

Premier League clubs have been hit by a major blow after Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted doubt as to when fans will be back.

October has been identified as the target for when supporters can be integrated back into stadiums.

Sport has been behind closed doors in the UK since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The financial impact on football, at the very top as well as in the EFL and non-league levels, has been devastating.

It was decided earlier this week that all Premier League games at the start of the 2020/21 season will now be shown on TV, just like the end of last term.

Supporters socially-distanced in the pre-season friendly match between Brighton and Chelsea at the Amex Stadium on August 29
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And it could remain that way beyond September following the Prime Minister’s update today.

Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned once again from next Monday.

And discussing the latest with sport, Mr Johnson told a No.10 press conference: “We must revise plans to pilot larger audiences in stadiums & review our intention to return audiences to stadiums from the 1st October.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued an update on new restrictions for the UK
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He added: “That doesn’t mean we’re going to scrap the programme…