Fans return set to be delayed following PM’s update

Plans for football fans to start returning to stadiums as of 1st October are to be revised following the Prime Minister’s update.

It had been widely anticipated that a percentage of supporters would be able to return to stadiums come the start of October, subject to pilot matches taking place without any problems.

Last week, we reported that the Blues are looking to host a test game of their own, with Saturday 26th September, the date Town welcome Rochdale to Portman Road being viewed as a possible test date.

However, that now looks increasingly unlikely following Boris Johnson’s update on Wednesday afternoon following the rise in coronavirus cases across the country.

“We must revise plans to pilot larger audiences in venues later this month and review our intention to return audiences to stadiums from 1 October,” said Johnson at the briefing.

“But that doesn’t mean we are going to scrap the programme entirely.

“We are just going to have to review it and abridge it.”

With there being no doubts over the start of the season, events which are currently scheduled as pilot games, such news will come as a blow to many football clubs who were relying on the revenue starting soon after the season commences.

Meanwhile, the club have launched a new initiative which will enable one nominated supporter to watch Sunday’s League One opener against Wigan.

The ‘Golden Ticket’ will watch the game from the Directors’ Box, with the club wanted fans to nominate that one individual.

To nominate a fan, who must be over 18, email dan.palfrey@itfc.co.uk with full details of why that person deserves to be nominated, including their full name, address and contact details by 5.30pm on Thursday, 10 September.

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