English Football

English league matches 'to be played behind closed doors and streamed online'

EFL chairman announced that all matches will be shown as fans will not be allowed in stadiums.

11:02am on Friday 17th April 2020
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All English league matches across Championship, League One and League Two will be streamed lived online as fans will be prohibited from entering, the EFL chairman has confirmed.

Rick Parry confirmed in a statement that the return date for football had not yet been set, but that he would pledge to allow fans to view their team's matches from inside their homes so that football can return sooner and seasons can be finalised.

The move is thought to appease fans who will not be able to attend the remainder of the 2019/20 season and give them a route to see their teams conclude the season.

A date of 16 May has been proposed for players to return training at their respective clubs and while this will be subject to the current lockdown - which is in place until 7 May - being eased, the teams have been told to prepare 'at short notice' for games being played.

In a letter directed to fans, Parry said: “To give you an honest assessment of the current situation; the point at which you will be able to attend games again remains unclear.

"Please be assured, however, that we are going to welcome you back to stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so. Your contribution to the matchday experience and atmospheres created in stadia up and down the country is something we should never take for granted.

"Unfortunately, I cannot tell you today when football will resume, though whenever we do return, matches are likely to be played without crowds.

“And whilst we are unfortunately without the presence of the hundreds of thousands of supporters who pass through EFL turnstiles each week, we will endeavour to bring live football direct into your homes once it returns.

"Plans are continuing to be worked up for all games to be broadcast either via our broadcast partners, iFollow or equivalent Club streaming services. We will update you on this once we know when matches will recommence.”

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