By Jeorge Bird For Mailonline
Published: 14:17 BST, 22 September 2020 | Updated: 14:28 BST, 22 September 2020
The Premier League has issued a statement expressing its disappointment with the Government's decision to not allow fans to attend games from October.
England's top flight had previously intended for some supporters to return to stadiums from next month, but those plans have now been cancelled following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement on Tuesday.
The Premier League is adamant that, if fans were to attend, they would do so in a safe environment, as has been shown in other countries such as Germany, where some supporters have been permitted to attend Bundesliga matches. The league say that it would be 'safe or safer' for fans to go to football matches than to go to shops, pubs and restaurants.
The Premier League has criticised the Government's decision to delay the return of fans
The Premier League's statement read: 'The Premier League is certain that, through League-wide guidelines and a code of conduct developed with scientific experts and agreed by the Government’s Sports Ground Safety Authority, fans in stadiums will be as safe or even safer than at any other public activity currently permitted. This is already evident in other European leagues.
'The Premier League notes the Government’s announcement today and while the health of the nation must remain everyone’s priority, we