Premier League fans to face COVID spot checks at games this season

Premier League sides are gearing up for the return of fans ahead of the new season but with fears around the spread of Covid extra precautions are being taken at stadiums

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Fans will face Covid spot checks at Premier League games this season.

They will have to show either proof of Covid vaccination or a negative lateral flow test – but it will still be down to the discretion of clubs to enforce the rules.

Premier League clubs will welcome back full capacity crowds including away fans from this weekend but supporters will be asked to observe a strict code of conduct.

The Premier League has told fans: “The safety of everyone involved must remain our priority. This means that while Premier League grounds will be full, the experience will be a little different to pre-pandemic matchdays.

“Put simply, we do not want anyone to catch COVID-19 at a Premier League ground, or for our matches to contribute to the spread of the virus.”

Fans may be subjected to Covid spot checks

Fans will still be expected to use face masks in certain areas, not attend games if feeling unwell and all 20 clubs will issue supporters with instructions from where to enter the ground to eating and drinking in their own seats rather than in the concourse.

Chelsea, Tottenham and Brighton are among the clubs who will make Covid checks this weekend but there is no official requirement, although Prem chiefs want to be ready in case the Government bring it in during the autumn.

Premier League players will also be subject to Covid rules for this coming season – but they have been relaxed for goal celebrations.

Players were warned last season to cut back on hugging after goals to set an example but also to follow strict social distancing rules like the rest of the country.

But now no such rules will be in place although players will not be allowed to mix with opposing teams and are expected to come out of the tunnel separately.

The mandatory “red zones” around the pitch will remain in place at least until October with pre-match and post-match interviews conducted on the edge of the pitch which may be uncomfortable for some managers with fans back in the grounds.

Prem bosses hope to have a full review in October when further restrictions and protocols may be lifted for players, fans and match day staff.

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