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Brighton To Welcome Back Fans For Friendly Against Chelsea

Fans will be allowed back into a Premier League ground for the first time since lockdown this weekend as part of the government's latest pilot scheme.

A total of 2,500 supporters will be allowed into Brighton's Amex on a socially-distanced basis for their friendly with Chelsea today (Saturday).

Fans will also be allowed to go to a friendly between Women's Super League (WSL) rivals West Ham and Arsenal at Lewes on Sunday - before Wembley aims to welcome supporters for Non-League Finals Day on September 27.

Meanwhile, the Harlequins vs Bath Premiership rugby union match at Twickenham Stoop on September 5 will also permit spectators.

Some Bob Willis Trophy and T20 Blast cricket matches are also to be included, with specific fixtures to be confirmed.

Horse racing meetings at Doncaster, Warwick and Newmarket, plus some basketball and speedway events, will take part with some fans allowed next month.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

"I know fans and their teams can't wait to be reunited in stadia across the country, but it's imperative we take a cautious and phased approach to get fans back in safely.

"I'm pleased that infection rates have levelled off enough to resume the pilot programme and we will continue to work intensively with sports, medical and health and safety experts towards welcoming more fans back as fast as we can."


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