The Premier League has today (Friday) expressed its “concern” at the decisions taken to restrict, and potentially delay, the planned programme for the return of fans to football stadiums, telling the UK Government that more than £100m (€107.9m/$127.9m) is lost to the sport across the leagues for each month played out without spectators.

The Premier League has spoken out after the Government announced that pilot sporting events held in England this month will be restricted to 1,000 spectators amid a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The change came into effect yesterday (Thursday) and applies to all remaining pilot events planned for September. A number of successful pilots have already been held across football, rugby union, cricket and snooker.

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