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Blow for Tottenham as UK government minister announces new stadium policy

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will have to wait for fans to return this season

According to  BBC News, hopes of Tottenham Hotspur welcoming back fans from October 1 is now in jeopardy.

Michael Gove has warned that a challenging time awaits sports events as plans to welcome fans back into stadiums have been scrapped. (h/t Football.london)

Spurs have not had any fans inside the stadium for months and had to see out the previous season in front of empty crowds. The last time we played in front of a home crowd was when Spurs fell to Wolverhampton Wanderers on March 1. 58,064 fans were in attendance that day.

Tottenham Hotspur will continue to play behind closed doors
Tottenham Hotspur will continue to play behind closed doors

There was hope that supporters could return to limited-capacity football grounds from October 1. The target was to fill stadiums with a capacity of  25 to 33%.

A rise in the coronavirus cases has now seen that plan derailed. Bringing fans back into stadiums is risky given the current situation and the government’s decision is understandable.

It will however come as a bitter pill for Daniel Levy, who was keen to restore a semblance of normalcy amidst the pandemic. (h/t The Guardian)

Daniel Levy of Tottenham
Daniel Levy was keen to bring fans back in attendance

The Spurs chairman was keen to bring back fans, albeit in a lower capacity. He has backed the exploration of scientific and technological solutions including digital health passports and smartphone applications. (h/t The Guardian)

It would appear now that he will have to wait for long. The pre-season friendly between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea saw 2,500 fans in attendance. This was the first time fans were allowed into the stadium since the Leicester City-Aston Villa clash in March. (h/t Daily Star)

Oliver Skipp was praised by Jose Mourinho
Mourinho and his stars will have to continue playing behind closed doors(Image Credits: Getty Images)

While the test event at the Amex was a success, the current surge in coronavirus cases has forced the government’s hand. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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It is imperative that the show must go on. At least for the near future, it would appear that it will take place behind closed doors.

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