sport news Premier League chief executive says sport is being treated UNFAIRLY

Premier League chief executive says sport is being treated UNFAIRLY with the O2 Arena letting in 4,700 fans and 3,000 allowed at the Royal Albert Hall - while football supporters are locked out with no date for their return Richard Masters has claimed sport is being treated unfairly by the Government Stadiums are still closed to supporters while arts venues are allowed to re-open Football arenas have been closed to spectators because of Covid-19 since March Plans to welcome back fans on October 1 were axed because of a rise in cases 

By Max Winters For Mailonline

Published: 08:35 BST, 8 October 2020 | Updated: 08:41 BST, 8 October 2020

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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 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

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

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