The UK government is set to apply the brakes on the timeline for fans returning to watch live sport next month.
Thus, as little as 1,000 spectators will be allowed back to stadiums instead of the initial plans for up to 30 per cent of a venue.
Provisional guidelines were in place for restrictions to be lifted at elite sporting events from October 1.
However, according a letter written to a Conservative MP from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the number permitted now is set to be heavily diluted to around 1,000 – 2,500.
‘I know how important this is for sports clubs for whom paying spectators are vital,' Huddleston wrote to Crouch. ‘Subject to public health conditions, we hope to open elite sport fixtures including the National League for socially distanced spectators under covid-secure conditions from October 1.'
According to The Times,Tottenham and Aston Villa are particularly frustrated that plans for fans coming back could now be restricted to just 1,000.
There has been a dramatic upturn in Covid-19 cases across the country in the last fortnight.
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