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Brighton & Hove Albion To test Return Of Fans Ahead of Saturday Game

Paul Barber, the chief executive of Brighton & Hove Albion has welcomed the chance for the Amex Stadium to host the first trial event match of 2020/21, with 2,500 supporters invited to attend Saturday's friendly with Chelsea.

Brighton have been given approval by the UK Government for a pilot event that will allow fans chosen from the club's loyalty programme to attend the stadium for the first time since the visit of Crystal palace on 29 February. 

The COVID-19 pandemic then suspended the 2019/20 season, which was resumed in July with matches played behind closed doors.  

"It’s a big opportunity to demonstrate to the government and public that we can stage an event safely," Barber told the club's official Website. "It is the first small step to a return to normal.

"It's about building confidence again for supporters"
Paul Barber, Brighton chief executive

"Inevitably, because it's a pilot, we will be testing how the procedures we are putting in place have worked and if they don't, why and what we need to do better.

"The DCMS [Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport] and the Premier League have been incredibly supportive throughout this process.

"Like ourselves, and every club in the football pyramid, they want us to be back to normal as soon as we can and we’re taking the first steps towards that on Saturday.

“We want to strike that balance between ensuring we comply to the guidelines around things like social-distancing and making it an enjoyable football experience."

As part of the test, supporters will have random temperature checks and will be required to wear masks on entry to the stadium but not at their seats, which will be socially distanced.

To adhere with government guidelines, new measures have been put in place, such as the installation of sanitising stations across the stadium, while all payments will be cashless.

"In many ways it's about building confidence and trust again for supporters, because this will be a different match day to the one they are used to because safety and minimising risk are obviously very important," Barber added.

"Saturday will be a small crowd but it’s an important psychological step and hopefully it will be a success and other clubs can pick up the mantle

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