English open talks on potential fan return post end of lockdown on December 2

November 18 – Plans to allow a limited number of supporters back into English professional games, possibly before the end of the year, are reportedly being considered by the government.

Talks are ongoing but reports suggest no decision will be made until the situation is assessed prior to the end of the national lockdown on December 3.

Britain’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden led a virtual summit over the future of English football on Tuesday with all the various stakeholders.

All top-flight and league fixtures have been played behind closed doors so far this season while fans were allowed to watch live non-league matches until a blanket ban was imposed during the current lockdown.

“I want to work together with football to make progress on important issues for the game’s long-term future,” said Dowden.

Almost 200,000 people have signed petitions calling for fans to be able to return but there are also fears that opening stadia could lead to a greater risk of transmission.

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