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EFL enters ‘critical’ 48 hours in push to get crowds and avoid financial disaster

  • League to continue with pilot events capped at 1,000 fans
  • Monthly loss of about £22m expected without spectators

Pressure is growing on the government to allow the return of fans to live football, with a leaked letter from the EFL describing the next 48 hours as “critical” in an attempt to stave off financial disaster for clubs.

Plans for a partial return of crowds from 1 October, in all sports, have been put on hold following the recent growth in coronavirus cases across England. But EFL clubs, whose revenues are dependent on getting people through turnstiles, are to continue with pilots this weekend, capped at 1,000 fans, in the hope that the original plans can be enacted.

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