Premier League: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says fans won’t return to stadiums yet

Premier League: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says fans won’t return to stadiums yet

- Premier League fans were barred from attending matches since mid-March

- A new league season has started and football lovers in the UK are hoping to return to the stands

- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that match venues will not be open by October

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Premier League fans have been dealt a heavy blow by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has confirmed that match venues will not be open to them by October 1.

Fans are concerned that the situation could remain the same for several months due to the pandemic and now Boris Johnson has dashed their hopes.

Recall that football stadiums were closed to fans since mid-March, but football lovers have been craving for a return into the stands amid the pandemic.

Prime Minister Johnson said: "We have to acknowledge that the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events.

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"So we will not be able to do this from October 1 and I recognise the implications for our sports clubs which are the life and soul of our communities, and my right honourable friends the Chancellor and the Culture Secretary are working urgently on what we can do now to support them."

According to the BBC, Premier League fixtures are likely to remain behind closed doors well into next year.

And Johnson’s comments are coming barely 24 hours that Ilkay Gundogan tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus according to the information from Manchester City.

Premier League: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says fans won’t return to stadiums yet
Premier League will not witness fans in the stands for now. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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The 29-year-old star who has been ordered into self-isolation was not available for selection during their season opener as they defeated Wolves 3-1 away from home.

"Manchester City FC can confirm that Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for Covid-19,” the club said in an official statement.
"Ilkay is now observing a 10-day period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine,” the club said in a statement.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that David Okereke has returned positive result after all members of his Club Brugge exercised another round of the coronavirus tests.

The Belgian Pro League champions have announced the development that Okereke who tested positive for coronavirus has been isolated from the squad.

The 23-year-old scored in the club’s 4-1 victory over Waasland-Beveren on Saturday, September 11.

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