The plan for spectators to return to the game was postponed indefinitely, causing heavy losses to the English professional football led by the Premier League.
Seeing that the small-scale restart of live performances in the entertainment industry is just around the corner, the Premier League and other league organizations jointly issued an open letter, calling on the government to reconsider allowing fans to watch the game live.
Without spectators, professional sports will have no income.
The British government had originally planned optimistically that sports events in England will be able to welcome spectators to return to the stadium from October under the condition of reducing the number of people and strictly preventing the epidemic. However, the rebound of the new crown epidemic here is so strong that the United Kingdom has to alert the epidemic in late September The level was raised by one level, and new measures were taken to control the epidemic. The plan for spectators to return to the stadium in October was also "stranded."
The Premier League and the English Football League (EFL), which is in charge of the Champions League, League One and League Two, immediately issued a statement expressing disappointment, emphasizing that they believe the league’s detailed rules for epidemic prevention are sufficient to ensure the safety of fans.
Recently, the Premier League, the EFL, the Football Association, the English Women’s Super League and the Women’s Champions League have jointly issued an open letter stating that they always put public health first. For this reason, they have been working with relevant experts for several months to ensure their playing field. "It can be safe for epidemic prevention."
"We will continue to call on the government to allow spectators to return to the stadium safely." The letter said. "Some major art and music venues have been allowed to hold indoor events under the condition of ensuring social distance. This is a positive development. Football should also be allowed and be in a highly regulated outdoor environment."
Premier Masters, the chief executive of the Premier League, said even more bluntly in an interview with The Times that the Premier League club felt a "quadruple blow".
Masters said that the audience can buy tickets to the concert, which gives the show business a ray of life, and football should be given the same treatment.
Of course, the biggest problem for fans returning to the arena is not in the stadium, but on the road. Even if the stadium attendance is controlled below one-third as originally envisioned by the British government, it is at least tens of thousands of people.
However, organizations such as the Premier League stated in an open letter that clubs are working hard to cooperate with relevant experts and local governments to find ways to reduce the pressure on public transportation for spectators on match days. This includes expanding parking areas so that more fans can drive or bike to the stadium. .
The Premier League has revealed more than once that because of the epidemic, Premier League clubs lost 700 million pounds last season, and the continued closed-door game means that the league now loses 100 million pounds every month, which is devastating for 20 clubs.
However, the current situation is that the number of newly confirmed cases in the UK in a single day has exceeded 10,000 for multiple consecutive days, and more and more areas have been included in the list that needs to be strengthened. Obviously, it takes more time to return the audience to the game.