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Fans Back for Next Season But Certainly Not All

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Fans back for next season but certainly not all

Next season could see some fans back for football and rugby games but certainly not all.

That is according to a senior UK government advisor, Professor James Calder, who has warned that clubs can expect to play games next season in front of reduced capacities, because of the continued risk of transmission of the coronavirus.

And the numbers allowed into grounds could be reduced even further if it is found that chanting and singing increases transmission rates further, because of the passing of droplets through the air.

The government has begun a series of pilots to reintroduce fans back into stadiums on a limited basis. On Sunday, one thousand people were allowed back into the 25,000 capacity Oval ground to watch a cricket match between Surrey and Middlesex.

And, on Tuesday, the Goodwood flat race meeting in Sussex will get underway, with 4,000 people allowed to attend the five-day meeting.

Further trials are scheduled with another cricket game at Edgbaston this weekend, and at the rescheduled World Snooker Championships to be staged at The Crucible in Sheffield.

Based on the results of those pilots, it is hoped that some fans may be allowed back into grounds by October, but how many have yet to be determined.

In fact, Professor Calder has warned that it may not be until an effective vaccine is available, with high take-up rates amongst the UK population, before stadiums will be full again. In his opinion, that is unrealistic before Christmas, and probably for the remainder of the 2020 2021 season.

Conversely, he offers more hope for womens sport to recover back to normal levels faster by dint of the fact that their grounds for football and rugby matches are not often sold out.

Professor Calders comments come after a weekend during which the British prime minister Boris Johnson has publicly admitted for the first time that his administration made mistakes in its initial handling of the coronavirus.

Those mistakes included allowing fans to attend the Cheltenham race festival in March and the Liverpool-Atltico Madrid Champions League match, both of which events were subsequently linked with a number of spectators who contracted the deadly virus.

Johnson said that they failed to fully understand the nature of the pandemic.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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