Coventry City fans could be allowed into grounds to watch their team compete in the Championship early on in the new season, following an announcement by the Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson has handed a boost to football supporters across the country – including the Sky Blues faithful – as he outlined his hope for stadiums to be reopened in October.
The 2019/20 season was suspended for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, and since its resumption last month games in the Premier League and the Championship have been taking place behind closed doors.
City’s campaign was curtailed, with Mark Robins’ side promoted to the second tier as champions.
Having no fans in the stadium significantly affects the finances of clubs, all of whom have been hit hard by the economic crisis that has come alongside the virus’ threat – but there are hopes of that changing.
In his latest press conference on Friday, the Prime Minister stated the government was planning for the worst but hoping for the best as the roadmap for a return to normality was updated.
From August 1, a slew of new freedoms will be allowed, including the allowance of indoor performances, and the PM added he hopes supporters will be able to return to football stadiums from the middle of October.
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He also said he hopes the UK will return to “significant normality” by the middle of November, with the remainder of restrictions eased “possibly for Christmas”.
That will provide hope for the 2020/21 season to be played in the more recognised format with packed crowds in stadiums across the country.
But with the new campaign expected to start in mid-September, it looks likely the first few games will still be played in empty stadiums
Full details on the start date for the 2020/21 season are yet to be confirmed and any plans for fans attending matches is conditional based on how the battle against coronavirus develops – and would also be subject to local lockdown restrictions, if they were to be implemented.