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Latest FA Statement regarding Government decision to ‘pause’ supporters returning to stadiums

The FA

National League Board Meeting Today (24th September)

Herewith Football Association statement of 23rd September reacting to Government decision to halt until further notice supporters being allowed back into stadiums of Elite clubs as a result of increasing levels of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We will of course bring you any news from the National League Board Meeting (24th September) as soon as we get it.     

We understand the Government’s decision, as the health of the nation is the priority. However, it is important to recognise that the impact on football will be huge.

Clubs up and down the country are really struggling, and many will have been looking forward to crowds coming back in order to provide much-needed income during these difficult times. Many, at all levels of the game, are battling to survive.

We welcome the Government’s commitment to provide financial support to clubs and will continue to work together on a return of crowds as soon as it’s safe to do so.

We also welcome the continuation of the grassroots game, and the elite game behind closed doors, to help support the physical and mental wellbeing of millions of players across the country, with outdoor exercise more important now than ever.


Published Wednesday 23rd September 2020 (last updated Thursday 24th September 2020)