THE Premier League have revealed that they are ‘anticipating mandatory checks’ regarding Covid-19 status during the upcoming season.
After playing the vast majority of last season behind closed doors, games are expected to go ahead in front of full stadiums when the English top flight returns next month.
Fans may have to be double-jabbed to get in to Prem groundsCredit: Reuters
But the Prem are considering making it mandatory for fans to be double-jabbed in order to attend matches.
And in an official statement, they revealed that they want all ‘fans to be vaccinated’.
They said: “Like everyone we had hoped for no restrictions, however we’d been planning on the basis that we might need something at some point in season.
“Our priority is the safety of the supporters, players, and those working in the stadium.
“In anticipation of mandatory checks at some point, we have been working with clubs to establish the best way of doing Covid-19 certification as well as learning from experience of other sports.”
They did, however, reveal that the opening weekend, kicking off with Brentford vs Arsenal on Friday 13 August, will NOT be subject of such checks.
Their statement continues: “There won’t be fully enforced Covid-19 certification checks everywhere at start of season. We need to use first few games when fans are back to refine right answer in every stadium.
“We are continuing to work closely with DCMS and the Event Research Programme.
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“We want fans to be vaccinated as the best way of keeping everyone safe.
“Clubs are looking to use their pre-season matches to help trial certification.”
England boss Gareth Southgate has called on young people to get double-jabbedCredit: PA
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