Video: “A chance” of fans back at football before Christmas, says Culture Secretary

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Oliver Dowden says there is “a chance” of fans returning to football grounds before Christmas if it can be done in a safe way.

We’ve had to make do with Premier League games being played behind closed doors since its return in June, and while it’s a relief Project Restart has gone relatively smoothly, it’s certainly not the same without the atmosphere supporters bring.

See above as Culture Secretary Dowden lays out to talkSPORT how it might be possible for fans to attend matches in reduced numbers in areas at lower risk of COVID-19, possibly as early as next month.

The UK is currently back in lockdown until December 2nd, though if coronavirus cases don’t go down a lot before then, there’s every chance it could be extended, which would surely end hopes of fans at games this year.


  1. Like everybody else I want fans back in grounds as soon as possible. As a ground steward and a fan theres nothing that beats that feeling of heading to a game on matchday….However it has to be done safely, and fair for all teams. We xant say cases are low in plymouth so you can handle have fans but torquay just down the road cant as their at higher risk. Fans can travel several miles week in week out so it’s not fair 1 season ticket holder can attend but another cant simply because of a post code. Get fans in ASAP but safely, and more importantly fair for everybody.

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