London (EFE) – The Premier League has delayed the holding of test matches with the public after the restrictions imposed by the British Government due to the increase in cases of coronavirus.
The league claims that now that these test competitions have been limited to just 1,000 fans, there is no point in carrying them out as it is not enough to check the effectiveness of the measures.
For this reason, the Premier League has contacted the Government to express its concerns regarding these measures and how it may influence the potential delay in the return of fans to football stadiums.
This happens a few hours after the start of the new Premier League season, with all the games set to take place behind closed doors. This will remain at least until October 1, the date on which the Government, together with the rest of the competent bodies, will decide on the implementation of a date for there to be football with the public again.
In addition, the league argued, through a spokesperson, that each month without football it costs more than 100 million pounds (110 million euros) to the different leagues, apart from the damage it does to the local and national economy.
It is estimated, according to data from the Premier League itself, that around 100,000 jobs depend on match day activities, such as food stalls or marketing stores.
“Our clubs have already shown that they are prepared to do test events in which to offer a safe environment, as seen in the development of Project Restar,” explained a Premier spokesperson.