Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish optimistic fans will return to stadiums in near future

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Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish optimistic fans will return to stadiums in near future

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is confident fans will be back attending stadium in the near future.

The Premier League returned earlier this month following a three-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

16. Steve Parish, Josh Harris and David Blitzer (Crystal Palace)

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Steve Parish is co-owner and chairman of Crystal Palace

All matches are being played behind closed doors with no set date on when supporters are likely to be back.

With a further lifting of the lockdown from July 4, pubs and restaurants are allowed to re-open with appropriate social distancing measures, it could pave the way to get fans back at some point.

Parish told Times Radio: “I’m a bit more optimistic than that. I think that certainly some fans back into the stadiums is possible with the right measures in place. We’ve got a group works on that at the moment.

“I think obviously there will be changes. I’m not sure the concourses will be able to be used in the same way.

Palace beat Bournemouth 2-0 in their first match back

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Palace beat Bournemouth 2-0 in their first match back

“Obviously the toilet facilities are an issue but it is outdoors and with the right level of queue management and managing people coming in and out we can get some supporters back in the stadium. We are hopeful we can.

“As long as you can keep people from being cheek and jowl and separated then we should be able to do something.

“It depends on the path of this virus and where we get. All we can do is make some plans and hope we are in a positive situation and can make that happen.

“Given that the pubs are open at the weekend, mixing alcohol with social distancing doesn’t seem to be entirely sensible to me, so I can’t imagine selling alcohol in the grounds for the foreseeable future but we should be able to get fans back.”

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Palace won their first match after football returned but were then thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool a few days later.

Parish believes that it was the right decision to bring back football in June following the three-month hiatus.

He added: “It felt sensible to me to get going sooner rather than later, particularly as we’ve got the deadline for the end of the season and we are seeing from your last piece every business that can get through this in tact will help the economy, and help job and help people recover.

“It’s not what we would want, playing in front of no fans, it’s nothing like the product we are used to seeing or want to be a part of but hopefully we can get the fans back as soon as possible.

“I think it’s been proved to be ‘a success’.”


Published at Mon, 29 Jun 2020 20:08:15 +0000

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