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FA decide to keep Community Shield match behind closed doors

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

13:37 12 Aug 2020

The English Football Association has decided against allowing a limited number of supporters to attend the Community Shield.

The traditional season curtain-raiser will see the Premier League champions Liverpool take on the FA Cup winners Arsenal at Wembley in just over a fortnight's time.

English football's governing body had been considering using the match as a test event to allow supporters watch a live game for the first time since March.

Pilots involving snooker, county cricket and horse racing in the UK were halted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the end of July due to fears over a second wave of Covid-19.

However the Daily Mail reports that the English FA that there will not be enough time to organise such a large-scale event.

Ticketing and security as well as the prohibitive costs of allowing just several thousand people into a match at the stadium in London, are just some of the stumbling blocks.

A small amount of snooker fans had been allowed to attend the first day of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible and 5,000 were admitted to the final day of Glorious Goodwood before the British government's U-turn.

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