U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that plans to allow fans back into stadiums from October will be reviewed, in fear of a second wave of COVID-19.
Leicester City fans’ long wait to return to the King Power Stadium may well endure a little longer, according to reports from The Independent. Former plans to allow fans back to sporting events from 1 October will be evaluated following the PM’s announcement yesterday that gatherings of more than six people will be illegal from Monday onwards.
Proposals put forward last month would see fans returning in limited capacity, albeit with socially distanced seating and no chanting or singing! This development followed the success of the #LetFansIn campaign, and the return of spectators to non-league grounds. However, fears of a second wave of COVID-19 may scupper the homecoming of the Foxes faithful, if the government does decide on a U-turn.
What does this mean for Leicester City fans?
The city of Leicester may have had to wait a little longer than the rest of the country for the re-opening of pubs and gyms, but it’s likely that when spectators do return to Premier League stadiums we won’t be held behind again. However, if plans to allow small numbers of fans in from October are delayed, then it’s probable that we’ll have to wait even longer to see the KP crowd out in full force.
That said, it’s not all doom and gloom for the East Midlands club. The next time we see the Foxes squad in person we’ll likely be over the early injury concerns of this season, with the possibility of star man Ricardo Pereira back in the side.
What’s more, new signing Timothy Castagne will have been afforded time to settle and will look right at home in the royal blue of Leicester. Furthermore, with some exciting approaches made for striker Gabriel Barbosa and centre-back Wesley Fofana, we could be looking at a new-look Leicester City side come the eventual re-opening of the King Power Stadium.