British Secretary of Environmental Affairs Michael Gove said in an interview with the BBC that the Premier League’s plan to resume fans’ entry on October 1 has been postponed. In response, the Premier League officially issued a statement.
The Premier League learned of the government's announcement today. Although the health of the nation is still the top priority, we are still disappointed in the decision to postpone the safety of fans back to the stadium.
The Premier League is convinced that through extensive cooperation and the guidance of relevant experts, and through the approval of the Government Sports Stadium Security Agency (SGSA), fans are safe in the stadium and more secure than in other public events that have been opened. This has also been proven in other European leagues.
Without spectators, football is no longer the original sport, and the football economy cannot do without fans. Last season, Premier League clubs have suffered a loss of 700 million pounds, and the current monthly loss is still more than 100 million pounds. This is causing a devastating blow to the club and the local community.
We are convinced that after the Premier League uses innovative ways to welcome back the fans, it will restore normal leagues at all levels, and maintain the cooperation of various departments, continue the current taxation and financial support to the local and national economy.
Although the current plan for the return of fans has been postponed, the Premier League and clubs will not slow down the pace of providing a safe and contagious environment. We will continue to work with government departments to bring fans back to the stadium as soon as possible.