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Premier League fire back at Boris Johnson over decision to delay supporters’ return

The Premier League have written to the Government insisting the continued ban on fans attending games is costing clubs £100m a month and putting thousands of jobs at risk.

League bosses have been left frustrated after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed the decision to allow a number of supporters back into football and other sporting events following a spike in the Covid-19 virus.

Test events have been capped at 1,000 spectators – but football rulers believe this is not enough to discover if games can take place safely with small crowds in attendance.

A provisional date of October 1 has been set to allow a percentage of fans back into stadiums – depending on how bad the virus is.

Premier League chiefs have fired back at Boris Johnson over the government’s decision to delay supporters’ return
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Top flight clubs have now decided to postpone scheduled test events – and have warned the Government of the dire consequences to the national sport should the ban continue for months to come.

A Premier League spokesman said: “The Premier League has written to the Government to express its concern at the decisions taken to restrict, and potentially delay, the planned programme for the return of fans to football stadiums.

“With test events now capped at 1,000 supporters, we believe they will not provide any opportunity to properly test and evaluate measures designed to maximise fan safety.

Top-flight clubs are looking at test events which will let 1,000 spectators watch live matches – but they have said it is not enough
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“Therefore, Premier League clubs will defer holding test events until a sufficient number of fans are allowed back to enable thorough trials to take place.

“At 1,000 supporters, not only would there be little to learn from a test event, but each match would be heavily loss-making.

“For each month of the season…