By Rob Draper for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 22:31 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 00:01 BST, 13 September 2020
The Premier League will continue to push the Government to allow fans into grounds next month despite the deferral of Premier League test events this month due to new limitations.
But one industry source familiar with the talks between Government and clubs said they were now 'pessimistic' that fans will be back in October, as previously planned, and indeed fearful that it will now be 2021 before any fans are allowed back in significant numbers.
That could cause financial meltdown for many EFL clubs, where TV money is limited, and will even stretch Premier League clubs, leading to fresh calls for cuts to player wages. Last week's toughening on socialising numbers, now limited to six by the Government from Monday, also saw a limit of 1,000 spectators imposed on test events for sports fans.
The Premier League will push the Government again to allow fans into grounds next month
The Premier League responded by deferring their tests, saying that the limit meant events were neither economically viable nor would they be an effective gauge of whether they could host 15,000 fans.
Industry insiders now fear that as the test events have been