Fans to attend Brighton friendly against Chelsea in test event

Supporters will be subject to random temperature checks from stewards at the AMEX Stadium

Brighton's AMEX stadium
Image: Brighton's AMEX stadium will host Saturday's friendly against Chelsea

Fans are set to return to a football stadium in England for the first time following the coronavirus lockdown when Brighton host Chelsea in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Brighton announced on Wednesday that season-ticket holders and some club members will be able to purchase a total of 2,500 tickets for the match at the AMEX Stadium.

Fans have not been allowed into stadiums since the coronavirus outbreak saw the 2019/20 season suspended in March, with last season's Premier League campaign resuming and concluding in empty venues.

Brighton said that the government had approved the event on Wednesday afternoon, and detailed several measures that have been put in place to fulfil guidelines.

Brighton's Amex is one of the stadiums suggested could be used for the Premier League's 'Project Restart'
Image: Brighton fans will be the first to return to a football stadium in England

Fans will have to wear face masks upon entering the stadium, but will be allowed to remove them once they are in their seat, or for eating and drinking purposes.

Supporters are to socially distance, and will be instructed to remain in the seat they are allocated to ensure a low risk of transmission.

Stewards will also be permitted to carry out random temperature checks on supporters whose details will be stored in line with the government's track and trace system.

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Celtic are in advanced discussions with the Scottish government and SPFL about a test event this Sunday at Celtic Park when they play Motherwell in the Premiership.

UEFA to allow fans to attend Super Cup

Bayern Munich players celebrate with the trophy
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Fans will be allowed to attend the UEFA Super Cup match between Bayern Munich and Sevilla in Budapest on September 24, football's European governing body said on Tuesday.

All games in the recent Champions League and Europa League final-stage mini-tournaments were behind closed doors, but UEFA's executive committee ruled that up to 30 per cent of the 67,215 capacity Puskas Arena in the Hungarian capital can be taken by fans.

UEFA said that all other UEFA matches will continue to be played behind closed doors until further notice, with the Super Cup match being viewed as a test for their 'Return to Play' plans. It has not yet been decided whether only local fans will be allowed to attend the match or also travelling supporters.

Image: Sevilla will take on Bayen Munich after beating Inter Milan

"While it has been important to show that football can carry on in difficult times, without fans, the game has lost something of its character. We hope to use the UEFA Super Cup in Budapest as a pilot that will begin to see the return of fans to our matches," said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

"We are working closely with the Hungarian Federation and its government to implement measures to ensure the health of all those attending and participating in the game. We will not take risks with peoples safety."

The Super Cup is seen as Europe's international club season opener, featuring the previous season's Champions League winner against the Europa League winner.

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