By Kishan Vaghela For Mailonline
Published: 16:27 BST, 9 September 2020 | Updated: 17:38 BST, 9 September 2020
Boris Johnson has announced that a 'review' of plans to re-open stadiums for sport fans is set to take place in a huge blow to fans hopeful of a return to grounds next month.
The Prime Minister was speaking on Wednesday in a press conference on new Covid-19 restrictions in England following a rise in cases in the country.
And he confirmed that a review will now occur, putting the return date of October 1 for fans on hold, but Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has warned they will face a £700million loss without any crowds for the upcoming season.
Boris Johnson has announced a 'review' of plans to re-open stadiums for sport fans in October
The news will come as a bitter blow to supporters who had hoped to go to games in October
'At the present time we must also I am afraid revise plans to pilot larger audiences in venues later this month and review our intention to return audiences to stadiums and conference centres from October 1,' Mr Johnson said.
'But that doesn't mean we are going to scrap the programme entirely, we are just going to have to review it and abridge it and the Culture Secretary will say more about that shortly.'
Despite the latest coronavirus developments, Masters and the Premier League have said it is 'absolutely critical' fans are allowed inside stadiums as soon as possible because games behind closed doors 'cannot go on forever'.
'We have to get back to fans inside stadia as quickly as possible - that's the big thing that's missing,