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Boris Johnson reveals hope for football fans to be back in stadiums in October

EFL bosses were forced to scrap trial plans for a small number of fans to return to stadiums on the final day of the season due to the number of dead-rubber matches on the schedule.

The organisation’s chairman, Rick Parry, recently expressed his “cautious optimism” over fans returning to stadiums amid talks with the Government.

“The green shoots of recovery are definitely there. I don’t want to pre-empt what the government’s going to say in the next couple of weeks but the talk about spectators returning, albeit gradually, is definitely ramping up in volume at the moment,” Parry said.

“We absolutely mustn’t get complacent. I don’t think for one minute the virus is permanently vanished but compared with where we were even six weeks ago, there are definitely grounds for cautious optimism.

“We are not out of the woods yet. I’ve never known a situation where there are so many moving parts and where there is so much uncertainty. Planning ahead is really difficult because we just don’t know.”

The 2020/21 campaign is likely to get underway from the weekend beginning September 12.

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