Football fans allowed back into stadiums as EFL confirm 10-game pilot

In good news for football fans, ten EFL matches matches will be allowed to have up to 1,000 fans attend this weekend.

Matches have been played behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic though clubs are eager to see fans return.

And full stadiums move a step closer this weekend as part of the government's crowd pilots.

Three Championship games, four League One matches and three in League Two, all taking place on Saturday, have been chosen though cannot have more than 1,000 in attendance.

EFL chairman Rick Parry said: ”It's encouraging that we are in a position to move forward with the next phase of the pilot programme and give a small number of our clubs the opportunity to welcome back up to a 1,000 fans this week.

"The health and wellbeing of supporters and their wider communities remains the priority, but as we showed at Cambridge [in a crowd pilot at 8 September's EFL Trophy game], social distancing can be applied safely.

"The requirement to welcome spectators back through turnstiles has not diminished in any way, the financial challenges facing EFL clubs have been explained on numerous occasions, they are substantial and a problem that requires immediate solutions."

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden added: "I know that many fans are eager to return to football and that jobs depend on this too, so fans will welcome [this] news.

"This will help us build the evidence base to see how we can return fans safely in greater numbers as soon as it is safe to do so."

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Matches allowed fans


Luton Town vs Derby County

Middlesbrough vs AFC Bournemouth

Norwich City vs Preston North End

League One

Blackpool vs Swindon Town

Charlton Athletic vs Doncaster Rovers

Hull City vs Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town vs Northampton Town

League Two

Carlisle United vs Southend United

Forest Green Rovers vs Bradford City

Morecambe vs Cambridge United

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