Premier League chief hails successful fans pilot event


Norwich City are likely to start their season behind closed doors but chief operating officer Ben Kensell explained earlier this month that club bosses were hoping to welcome up to 6,000 fans back to Carrow Road for test events, possibly in September.

The game will take place at Brighton's Amex Stadium, with 2,500 tickets being made available for fans, the club said yesterday.

New Chelsea signing Timo Werner scored less than four minutes into his Blues debut in a preseason friendly against Brighton on Saturday.

Soccer fans in England were on Saturday allowed into a Premier League stadium for the first time in almost six months to watch a friendly game pitting Brighton and Hove Albion against Chelsea.

The news will come as a major blow to Frank Lampard with Chelsea due to open their Premier League campaign at Brighton on September 14, with the west London side now set to be without a significant portion of their squad for pre-season training in the coming days.

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"The success of having 2,500 supporters in the Amex was very encouraging and we are committed to having full stadia as soon as possible, with safety always our priority".

"I'm pleased that infection rates have levelled off enough to resume the pilot programme and we will continue to work intensively with sports, medical and health and safety experts towards welcoming more fans back as fast as we can".

'I was training on my own for a while when I first signed, but I've been working with the whole team over the past week or so and it's been great.

Secretary of State Dowden said this weekend marked "an important milestone" in the recovery of sport.

"I am pretty sure he will with the qualities we know he has, so I am excited for when he joins up".