10 EFL games to pilot fan returns

Ten clubs in English Football League will be allowed to admit up to 1,000 fans in this weekend’s games as part of a pilot scheme to test the return of supporters, the EFL said on Wednesday.

Among the games where fans would be allowed are Norwich City versus Preston North End and Middlesbrough versus Bournemouth in the second tier Championship.

The hope is that more fans would be allowed to attend games from October. An initial test event was held at Cambridge United last week.

“By extending across more EFL Clubs we hope to further demonstrate that the measures developed can allow fans to return in greater numbers next month,” said EFL Chair, Rick Parry.

He said that requirement to welcome spectators back through turnstiles has not diminished in any way.

Parry said that financial challenges facing EFL Clubs have been explained on numerous occasions, adding that they are substantial and requires immediate solutions.

The 10 matches also include games in the third tier League One and fourth tier League Two

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