Brighton fans could return at the Amex Stadium by October, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson confirmed supporters will be able to return to football grounds in October under plans being implemented by the government.

Friday, 17th July 2020, 5:36 pm
Supporters havent been able to watch a game at the Amex since March

Brighton and Hove Albion supporters haven’t been able to watch a game at the Amex Stadium since March, with the Premier League season having been curtailed following an initial suspension.

But there could be some light at the end of the tunnel, with the Prime Minister giving a tentative green light to fans returning to sporting events in the autumn.

However, he made clear that stadiums will have to reopen in a ‘COVID-secure way’, meaning some form of social distancing is likely.

"We will restart indoor performances to a live audience, subject to the success of pilots, and we will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like sport stadia, with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn.

"All of these measures should be done in a COVID-secure way.

"It is my strong and sincere hope that we will be able to review the outstanding restrictions and allow a more significant return to normality from November, at the earliest, possibly in time for Christmas."

Premier League and EFL clubs have been working under the assumption that when fans are allowed to return to games, it will be with a limited capacity.

The Premier League is currently expected to begin in the early weeks of September, although some clubs are reluctant to begin the new campaign without some supporters in the ground.

However, today’s announcement represents a significant boost as clubs look ahead to the 2020/21 season and will grant an element of clarity.