Football fans see Stadium of Light return delayed as supporter return plans ‘paused’

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Football fans see Stadium of Light return delayed as supporter return plans 'paused'
Football fans see Stadium of Light return delayed as supporter return plans 'paused'

Plans to allow a controlled return of fans into stadiums on October 1 is set to be “paused” as the Government attempts to tackle a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will unveil a range of new measures on Tuesday.

Plans for grounds to be up to a third full from October 1 were up for review but that is expected to be delayed due to the recent surge in cases.

“It was the case that we were looking at a staged programme of more people returning, it wasn’t going to be the case that we were going to have stadiums thronged with fans,” senior cabinet minister Michael Gove told BBC Breakfast.

“We’re looking at how we can, for the moment, pause that programme.

“We have to look at sporting events with caution.”

A number of cross-sport working groups have been drawing up plans which would allow the safe return of fans to watch live sport.

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