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Fans return to stadium in England for first time in almost six months

Fans were allowed to watch the Brighton versus Chelsea friendly game...on Saturday

Soccer fans in England were on Saturday allowed into a Premier League stadium for the first time in nearly six months to watch a friendly game pitting Brighton and Hove Albion against Chelsea.
2,500 home fans were allowed into the Amex Stadium to watch the game, as part of a government trial for a possible return of spectators into sporting facilities staring October.
Fans have not been allowed into stadiums since sporting activities were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.K.
Soccer resumed in June behind closed doors as the government sought to prevent a possible second wave of virus infections.
In the game at the Amex Stadium, Brighton held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw, as Pascal Gross netted a penalty late in the game to cancel out a Timo Werner 4th minute lead.
After the game, the Seagulls’ manager Graham Potter hailed the return of fans, saying he hoped it laid the foundation for a possible return to normalcy soon.
“It was so nice to see fans here because as we know it brings a completely different dynamic to the stadium and I thought they made a lot of noise and really got involved in the game.
Hopefully they enjoyed the performance as well,” Brighton and Hove Albion quotes Potter.
“I think people at the club deserve a lot of credit for the work that has gone in and hopefully it was the first successful step to a return to normal at some stage in the future.”


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