EFL clubs permitted maximum of 1,000 fans for pilot event matches this weekend

EFL clubs have been given the green light to host pilot events this weekend with up to 1,000 spectators allowed to attend matches.

This news will be greeted with great excitement amognst fans, especially following Boris Johnson’s statement last week regarding the rise in Coroanvirus cases.

EFL clubs were informed today (Tuesday) around 11.30am that EFL clubs are able to apply to stage a limited number of pilot events with a maximum capacity of 1,000 supporters at league matches played this weekend (September 19/20) subject to application and selection.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden will meet with sporting bodies this week to continue discussions around the planned return of spectators to sport from October 1.

Town are away at Bristol Rovers this Saturday, with no news currently if they have applied for the game to be a pilot event.

An EFL spokesman said: “The EFL remains in discussions with the government about the pilot programme which may include a limited number of further pilot matches during September with capacity limited to 1,000.

“The league is clear in its view that social distancing can be applied safely in football stadia and that having crowds at matches is an absolutely essential part of helping to protect club finances, which remain under extreme pressure. Therefore, the successful delivery of further pilots will be an important step towards getting larger number of fans into grounds safely.

“The EFL will continue its dialogue with DCMS and the SGSA to ensure that evidence and insight secured from these events helps to inform the government’s position on welcoming back supporters post October 1.”

The Blues were looking to host a test game of their own prior to last weeks announcement, with TOTT understanding club staff were sounded out about their availability on Saturday 26th September, the date Town welcome Rochdale to Portman Road.

Following that fixture, Town host Gillingham in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday 6th October, a game which could alternatively be used as a test fixture.

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