July 28 – Tottenham Hotspur have become the first English club to announce Covid passes for supporters, bringing them into force for fans attending the men’s and women’s pre-season friendlies against Arsenal next month.
July 26 – Plans by the British government to ban supporters who have not been fully vaccinated from Premier League and other professional grounds has been met with scepticism from supporters’ groups, human rights organisations and opposition politicians.
July 22 – Inter Milan have joined Arsenal in withdrawing from the upcoming Florida Cup because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Arsenal cancelled the pre-season trip after a “small number” of their touring party tested positive for Covid-19.
July 22 – Yet another pre-season tour has been hit by Covid with Manchester City scrapping their friendly against Troyes in France due to UK travel regulations, meaning Pep Guardiola’s side will play just two warm-up games before they begin their Premier League title defence at Tottenham next month.
July 22 – Face masks, social distancing and hand sanitising aren’t the only way to stop the spread of covid. Hungarian club MTK Budapest is coating areas of its stadium with an antimicrobial coating.
July 21 – Belgium’s top flight league wants to welcome capacity crowds once again in August.
July 21 – Fans attending Premier League grounds from the end of September may have to show proof they have been double vaccinated under plans being considered by the British government.
July 21 – Arsenal have cancelled their pre-season tour to the United States after suffering a small number of positive Covid-19 cases.
July 20 – Two South Africa footballers have become the first competitors to test positive for coronavirus in the athletes’ village in Tokyo – just days before the start of the Olympic Games.
July 8 – German authorities have green lighted the return of fans to next’s season Bundesliga with the total number of supporters per match capped at 25,000.
July 6 – English Premier League grounds will be able to operate at full capacity next season after the British government announced it was sweeping away a raft of coronavirus restrictions in England from July 19 despite increasingly high levels of infection.
July 5 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has switched the format of the Asian Champions League knockout phase to single leg ties because of the coronavirus pandemic.
July 2 – Nearly 1,300 Scotland fans who travelled to London to watch their team play England on June 18 in Euro 2020 later tested positive for coronavirus – including almost 400 inside Wembley for the match.
July 2 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has voiced concerns over Euro 2020, warning that the continental finals could act as a “super-spreader”.
June 28 – Belgian football clubs can welcome back fans to their grounds with a third of stadium capacity freed to allow supporters in, the Belgian Pro League has announced.