By Max Winters For Mailonline
Published: 08:35 BST, 8 October 2020 | Updated: 08:41 BST, 8 October 2020
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has hit out at the Government over their differing rules that allow crowds into concert venues but not football stadiums.
Rising coronavirus cases in England and Wales saw the proposed return of football supporters to grounds on October 1 shelved by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
That return, running at a reduced capacity, was expected to provide much-needed financial relief to clubs struggling due to the shutout of supporters since March because of the pandemic.
Premier League chief Richard Masters thinks sport is being treated unfairly by the Government
Premier League games have continued to go ahead behind-closed-doors without any fans
But the arts sector was moved to stage four by the Government in August, which allowed reduced, socially distanced crowds permitted at indoors and outdoors events.
It has been announced recently that 4,700 spectators can attend London's O2 Arena for a concert in December and a crowd of 57 per cent capacity will be allowed at the Royal Albert Hall for events around Christmas.
That has angered Premier League clubs, who have been told to work on the plan that fans may not be able to take their seats in grounds until March.
There has also been exasperation that spectators can attend indoor venues but outdoor stadiums are still deemed unsafe.
Masters also expressed the Premier League's anger that they are being expected to bailout the rest of the English football pyramid, while being unable to boost their own incomes through spectators.
In an interview with The Times, Masters said: 'We do understand why caution is needed but what we are asking for is consistency from Government so that sport is treated as fairly as other activities.
'We are a highly regulated environment. We have the Sports Grounds Safety Authority in place to ensure that supporters are safe at all times and