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Joint statement on meeting with Secretary of State

16 Sep 2020
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Premier League makes joint statement with British Horseracing, EFL, ECB, The FA, LTA, RFL and RFU on return of fans to sports events

We are grateful to Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the United Kingdom, for taking the time to discuss with us the financial impact that COVID-19 is having on the sports sector and issues around the partial return of fans to sports events which is currently under review by the Government. It was a constructive and productive meeting.

All of our organisations are committed to public safety.

Today we were able to explain our extensive arrangements for how we can manage a controlled return of fans following all relevant public health guidelines. It is our firm belief that sports fans will be as safe as in other areas of activity currently permitted.

We also reiterated a commitment to continue to give full assistance to the Government with Test and Trace requirements and public health messaging.

We conveyed to the Secretary of State the very serious financial situation now facing our sports, clubs and venues and that we believe we can stage events safely.

It is clear that if fans cannot return soon that there will be very serious economic implications across our sporting sector.

Our sports have already demonstrated through staging fixtures Behind Closed Doors, in Test events and through the return of recreational sport that we can deliver the very highest standards in safety and best practice.

We will continue to engage with the Government in the days ahead and provide any further evidence required.

Joint statement from: British Horseracing (BHA), EFL, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Football Association (The FA), Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Premier League, Rugby Football League (RFL) and the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

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