EPL warns against Delay in Opening of Stadiums

0
65
EPL warns against Delay in Opening of Stadiums
EPL warns against Delay in Opening of Stadiums

EPL warns against Delay in Opening of Stadiums

The English Premier League advised of the devastating financial effect on clubs as sports fans faced being locked out of sporting events for another six months after new pandemic restrictions were enacted by the government on Tuesday.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson put on restriction plans to enable the phased return of spectators into sporting events in England from Oct. 1 because of a rise in coronavirus cases.

“We are disappointed that the safe return of supporters to sports events has been postponed,” the Premier League said in a statement.

EPL warns against Delay in Opening of Stadiums

Pilot test events have been conducted across sports venues with capacity reduced at 1,000. But the 2020/2021 Premier League resumed this month in empty stadiums, with fans last permitted into games in March before last season’s 100-day lockdown.

“Football is losing its taste without supporting fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them,” the Premier League said. “Last season, Premier League clubs recorded 700 million pounds ($897 million) in loses and at present, our national game is losing more than 100 million pounds ($128 million) per month. This is starting to have a devastating effect on clubs and their communities.”

Senior medical officers have suggested Britain’s COVID-19 alert level be transferred from three to four, meaning transmission is “high or rising exponentially,” and one level below lockdown.

EPL warns against Delay in Opening of Stadiums

But the Premier League is still anticipating the government will find a way of safely opening up stadiums to supporting fans again based on protocols already formulated.

“Supporters in stadiums will be as safe or even safer than at any other public gathering presently permitted,” the Premier League said. “This is already evident in other European leagues. We are confident that Premier League clubs, using creative ways to get fans safely back into grounds, will allow revenues to return to all levels of the game, as well as sustain solidarity arrangements, current tax contributions and financial support for local and national economies.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here