Brighton to become the first Premier League club to welcome back fans

Brighton & Hove Albion are ready to host fans in a pre-season friendly this weekend if they get the Government green light.

Seagulls chiefs are waiting to hear over the next few days if they will obtain approval to host up to 2,500 fans in a socially-distanced manner at the Amex stadium.

If it does go ahead it would mean Brighton are the first Premier League club to play in front of a crowd since March’s nationwide lockdown.

Any decision will ultimately take into account local lockdown restrictions and if there is an increase in coronavirus infections.

It is also understood top Women’s Super League games, possibly involving Manchester United and Chelsea, and non-league finals at Wembley are also among proposed test events for the return of fans to outdoors sport.

The government want the return of socially-distanced sporting events from 1st October subject to Covid-19 requirements.