The return of fans to Premier League stadiums is up in the air once again as football continues to battle the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Following a three-month hiatus, the 2019/20 season restarted on June 17 with games held behind-closed-doors for the rest of the campaign.

The new season has followed suit so far with all games still taking place without supporters.

Stadiums were due to reopen for some fans from October 3 but government restrictions put paid to that.

A new batch of government guidelines were introduce in early November as England went into a second lockdown.

Supporters now face even longer before they can return but talkSPORTS are backing the #LetFansIn campaign to allow some to safely return to football grounds.

Fan Ashley Greenwood set up the petition which received 200,000 signatures and it is now being debated in Westminster.

The Government are set to rule on whether fans can return after end of lockdown next month.

The LetFansIn campaign has stated: “Football is a powerful tool which allows a range of benefits such as employment, and other important aspects of life. Football can be associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication across the community.

“With fans attending football games a range of economic benefits are there too.

“I ask for the support of this petition as I fear that smaller clubs in particular will go out of business leading to a devastating effect on people.

“This petition is to ask the government to reconsider their judgement on not letting football fans back into the stadiums and reconsider doing this with the right safety measures in place surrounding the Covid-19.”

The campaign has had plenty of support with MP Damian Collins – the former chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee – telling talkSPORT: “I totally get the frustration people feel, it’s the inconsistency.

“Why is it that the Albert Hall is selling tickets for up to 3,000 to see a concert but you can’t get 3,000 people in Wembley Stadium?

Stadiums are still empty in England as fans face a long wait to return
Stadiums are still empty in England as fans face a long wait to return

“It seems to be one rule for one sector and something different for football, and we need to get this sorted out.

“I would like to know what the explanation is. I know the concern with grounds is the concourses, getting people in and out and toilet facilities, things like that, because spacing fans out within the ground would not be too difficult.

“But there’s not a lot of space in and around the Royal Albert Hall either, so I’d be interested to know how you can manage 3,000 people going in there, but you can’t manage a similar number in a big football stadium.

“Obviously the Government’s motivation is public health; we know the virus is increasing, it’s spread again and we’ve got to keep control of those numbers. The motivation is wanting to keep people safe.

“But it’s really important we get fans back into grounds, both for the wellbeing of fans themselves who have missed it so much, but also the clubs. The current situation is unsustainable.”

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