Soccer followers have suffered a setback of their hopes of returning to matches from October.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned earlier this month that spectators may be capable to return to stadiums in England from October.
Some sports activities, together with soccer and cricket, have already resumed behind closed doorways after the Covid-19 lockdown.
And the PM mentioned earlier this month that a variety of check occasions would happen from August 1 however any stadium reopenings can be topic to coronavirus tips.
“We are going to pilot bigger gatherings in venues like sports activities stadiums with a view to a wider reopening within the autumn,” Johnson mentioned on July 17. “From October, we intend to convey again audiences in stadiums.
“Once more, these modifications should be performed in a Covid-secure method, topic to the profitable final result of pilots.”
Nonetheless, on Friday afternoon Mr Johnson confirmed that the three check occasions scheduled to happen over the approaching days have all been cancelled as a result of an growing variety of coronavirus circumstances.
“We will’t simply ignore this proof,” Mr Johnson mentioned. “We have now to behave quickly in an effort to defend these we love, and we all know measures resembling these work. We’re suspending these modifications for not less than a fortnight. Pilots of bigger crowds in sports activities venues and convention centres won’t happen.”
In a separate assertion Mr Johnson mentioned: “Very disappointing information that with rise in an infection charges we can not press forward with sports activities pilots with followers this weekend.
“I do know the large efforts cricket, snooker & horseracing have made to welcome followers again. We’ll preserve working collectively on their secure return asap.”
Superb Goodwood was as a result of welcome 4,000 racegoers to the Chichester racecourse this weekend, whereas 2,500 followers had been as a result of be allowed into cricket matches at The Oval and Edgbaston for Surrey vs Middlesex and Warwickshire vs Northamptonshire respectively.
And the Crucible was anticipating as much as 300 followers at every session because the Snooker World Championship obtained underway on Friday.
Talking earlier than Mr Johnson’s assertion on Friday, Premier League chief government Richard Masters mentioned: “The Premier League returns to motion on September 12.
“This pre-season is not like another. Sure, the transfers and rumours will nonetheless occur, however behind the scenes the sport is working tirelessly to innovate and discover a method ahead that enables for the return of match-going followers and supply a lift to the entire sport’s financial viability in these difficult occasions.
“Getting followers again in our grounds, in a accountable method, is a giant a part of that. The Premier League is dedicated to creating it occur and I can’t wait to be again sitting in a floor, listening to the followers driving on their gamers and seeing the impression they’ve on their group.”