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MetiNews.Com - The Premier League SEO has answered questions from MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Breaking News ! Premier League CEO Richard Masters has discussed with MPs the ideas and technology which could be used to allow fans back into stadiums next season. The 2019/20 top flight campaign is being played behind closed doors for the remainder of this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Matches resumed in mid-June with the season now due to climax towards the end of July. Due to the threat posed by Covid-19 and to reduce the virus’s transmission rate known as the ‘R’, supporters are watching Premier League matches from home on TV or via streaming services. Talk is starting to move towards how next season might look and when supporters might be allowed to attend games in person once more. Masters has sat before the MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee to take questions on how the action might look in 2020/21. Read More Related Articles 'Sometimes things get complicated' - Richard Masters speaks to MPs on Newcastle United takeover Read More Related Articles How Newcastle United could earn backdoor entry into Europa League with extra Euro spots up for grabs And Masters revealed that ideas are being formulated by Premier League clubs with different sizes and shapes of stadia on how fans can be allowed back in. He told MPs: “The conversations have been going on for a short number of weeks, but we have a club working group set up with clubs of all different size and shapes of stadiums, who might have different issues in terms of getting spectators back in to stadiums, and what we would like to do is to come forward with our ideas and proposals for discussion. “I think the system which is being created by DCMS will allow for that, allow for consultation, and we are ready to come forward with our ideas, whether they may be about for example using technology as part of the solution, making investments in that area.
. The technology would show a supporter has been recently tested for Covid-19 and were from an area with a low R rate, thus enabling them to go to games without the need for social distancing. In response, Masters said: “In a nutshell, yes. That technology doesn't seem to be available yet and so, it’s that sort of thing if the sort of investments can be made by Premier League clubs in a newly developed stadia that can overcome some of the issues that sport on a more wider basis might face.”
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Asked if he thinks the Government is open to that suggestion or whether they are more minded to following the social distancing procedures and trying to find a vaccine, Masters said that the Premier League is ‘happy to act as a guinea pig’ to show that fans can be allowed back to attending games quicker in a safe and effective manner. He said: “I think the Government is clearly working with sport in order to reopen stadiums and allow in spectators. “What we would like is the Government to be flexible in its approach about how we can return to full capacities. “Obviously social distancing forms part of the Government policy at the moment and Government tends to be interested in what works effectively, so when I go back to one of my earlier statements, that the Premier League is happy to act as a guinea pig to try and prove, to act as a test pilot, to try and prove what can work effectively and keep fans safe and perhaps speed up the process, but only in a safe and appropriate way.”
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