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Boris Johnson sets October target for return of fans to stadia

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Boris Johnson wants to see crowds back at football matches from October.

The UK Prime Minister doesn’t have jurisdiction over Scottish football matches but if fans are allowed to watch matches in Newcastle and Carlisle it will be difficult for the Scottish Government to deny supporters in Annan and Edinburgh the opportunity to watch their teams in action.

Celtic kick off their defence of the Premiership title with a home match against Hamilton Accies on August 2 but the three lower divisions won’t kick off until October 17.

Covering today’s media conference The Sun reports the UK Prime Mister saying:

From 1 August we will pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadia with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn.

From October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia in a secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.

The EPL resumed in mid-June with all matches being played Behind Closed Doors, over the weekend the FA Cup semi-finals will be played in a similar fashion.

No date has been set for the 2020/21 EPL season to begin but it does look like fans will be allowed back in limited numbers.

Celtic Season Ticket holders will be issued with a Virtual Pass which will allow them to view all matches with restricted attendances.

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