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EFL could introduce artificial crowd noise if season resumes

  • Innovation has been discussed at Bristol City
  • Only three home wins from 18 in Bundesliga

The English Football League is expected to discuss the subject of implementing artificial crowd noise in behind-closed-doors matches, with Championship clubs, the majority of whom returned to training on Monday, exploring how to make up for the absence of supporters when the season resumes.

Broadcasters offered the option of fake fan noise during RB Leipzig’s win in the Bundesliga last weekend, while Borussia Mönchengladbach utilised 12,000 cardboard cut-outs of fans. The Championship, which is expected to restart in June, is exploring similar options, with Bristol City discussed varying innovations at club level. Last month Brighton’s chief executive, Paul Barber, said they had internally discussed introducing crowd noise.

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