Yes, you read that headline right, football fans won’t be allowed to sing or chant when they are able to return to stadiums next month.
Boris Johnson is given crowds are the green light to return to matches as the Government eases lockdown rules on sporting events.
However, supporters ‘will have to sign a code of conduct’ to safeguard against spreading the coronavirus when they return to stadiums from next month – and that ‘could include a ban on singing’.
Majority of English football matches have been played behind closed doors since March amid the coronavirus pandemic but turnstiles are set to be opened again.
The Prime Minister said on Monday afternoon a limited number of fans can return with up to 4,000 allowed into venues that are in Tier 1 locations after December the 2nd.
Clubs based in Tier 2 areas will only be able to let 2,000 in while those that are in Tier 3, likely to include Liverpool and Manchester, will be prevented from allowing supporters in.
But fans will have to take responsibility for their actions, by agreeing to rules on behaviour before they’re allowed inside and into the stands.
And there have strict crowd management plans put in place, which will be enforced with one-way entry and exit and staggered arrival times.
Seating will be socially distanced and hand washing and sanitiser stations set up.
The Premier League wrote to each club outlining new measures for when grounds reopen.
The document, sent to top-flight sides on Saturday, states: ‘This may include singing, shouting and alcohol consumption.’
In response to the news that fans will soon return, the Premier League said: “Fans have been greatly missed at Premier League matches and therefore we welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today regarding the return of supporters for the first time since March, albeit at small numbers.
“Our ambition remains to work with Government to increase attendance to more substantial levels. Until this can be done, many fans will be unable to attend games and our clubs will continue to operate matches at a financial loss.
“Our priority continues to be the agreement of a roadmap, with DCMS and the Sports Technology and Innovation Group, for pilot events that can help our clubs quickly scale up to larger capacities in line with the Sports Ground Safety Authority’s COVID-secure guidelines and beyond.
“Premier League clubs have a proven track record of achieving high-biosecurity standards and we believe we can play a significant role in the Government’s rapid turnaround testing initiative.
“We look forward to working with Government on their next steps.”
“This is a welcome start,” said EFL’s Rick Parry.
“Fans have been frustrated, they’re missing their football, so it’s something to celebrate for fans, not just for the clubs.
“We have to build upon it because what we’re really looking forward to is getting fans back in rather more substantial numbers.”
Parry added that the financial impact of fans returning could be “very significant” and a “lifeline” for clubs in the third and fourth tier of English football.
“But it’s not just the money, it’s a very welcome return to atmosphere,” he added in BBC Radio Four’s Today programme.
Parry said there was “a lot of hard work ahead” and the government’s announcement of the new measures on Monday will have taken the clubs “a little bit by surprise” as they “weren’t really expecting anything before Christmas”.
“Some clubs will still have safety officers on furlough,” he said. “There is a lot of work to do quite quickly and it’s really important that we get this right.
“We’ve got to make sure that the clubs and the fans all behave responsibly.”
— entertainament (@entertainTXT) August 14, 2020
Over in the USA, Major League Soccer spectators ,in their matches, have to sign a health questionnaire saying they wouldn’t take legal action against clubs or the league if they contracted coronavirus while attending a game.
3,000 spectators were allowed in to the MLS match between FC Dallas and Nashville but only after signing the form, which can be seen below…
The FA said: “We welcome the UK Government’s announcement today and we are very pleased that organised sports, which include Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS], Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP] and competitive grassroots football, can look forward to resuming from 2nd December.
“We are also delighted to see the beginning of the safe return of fans in stadiums for elite sports events and confirmation that spectators at non-elite sports will be able to attend events in line with Covid-secure guidance for each tier.
“We will continue our ongoing dialogue with Government to clarify the details and next steps, and provide further updates in due course.”
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Fans reacted after seeing that fans won’t be allowed to sing or chant when they return to stadiums…
City fans won’t notice the difference
— Tom Conachy (@TomConachy) August 14, 2020
Everyone going wild with the new rules pic.twitter.com/gEaWCkSHGr
— christian allen (@Chris14Allen) August 14, 2020
Football is dead without the songs / chants and banter .. pointless . We want the proper experience when we go to football will be like the snooker !!! ???
— Jason Tooke (@jastooke) August 14, 2020
Good luck with that ???
— Jason Ingham?️??? (@inghamjj55) August 14, 2020
Norwich fan hahahaha
— ⚒️ (@Williams99Harry) August 14, 2020
Good job Troy show Boris how it’s done??
— Collins (@COLLINSJ367) August 14, 2020
??? Stop singing, thats like saying you can go to a pub but not order a drink ?♀️?♀️?
— Sue ? (@1964suebar) August 14, 2020
Lots of fans will still prefer that to watching on TV. Seems well harsh to stop them going just because they won’t be making any noise.
— ? (@JA9GOAT) August 14, 2020
Is there any fucking point in letting fans back in really?
Whole worlds gone to shit
— ᎶᎪᏃ △⃒⃘ (@NffcgazTaylor) August 14, 2020
Arsenal the first club back to normality then.
— graham (@grahamroon) August 14, 2020
Couldn’t pay me. Open it properly.
— DT (@Dan_Turner_93) August 14, 2020
— Adam????????? (@adamwwfc03) August 14, 2020
Does a potential ban on singing inside stadia even sound remotely sensible?
— Sola Aiyepeku (@solaiyeps) August 14, 2020
Wont happen noone will be given a ticket all safe wear a mask sing quietly or to urself enjoy games and sign later track trace maybe that all it be season ticket holders and gold cards bk
— Troy Farth (@Troyen121) August 14, 2020
Never going to happen. Another absolutely ludicrous suggestion that’s impossible to police. It’s like going to a rock concert and not singing along. Our clueless government ballsing things up yet again ?♂️
— Psycho was back V2 (@psychoFTID) August 14, 2020
I sang with a mask on outside Elland Road a couple of weeks ago, it’s easy ffs
— Felix ? (@FelixLUFC) August 14, 2020
fuck off am i going to game and your gonna expect me not to sing pic.twitter.com/mob4R1BxeD
— tyler? (@lfctyler2) August 14, 2020
Might aswell stay at home if u can’t fucking chant
— Mudkip ? (@BaggiesForever3) August 14, 2020