Hopes are rising among Premier League clubs looking towards next season that fans will be allowed back into stadiums from September according to The Mirror.

Many clubs are currently in the process of refunding season ticket holders and those with individual match tickets but there is some optimism that fans could be back for the next campaign

The Mirror say that reduced numbers of supporters could be allowed back into stadiums as long as some degree of social distancing is maintained.

Talks are continuing to take place on how supporters can be brought back into stadium with a phased return under examination.

Last week, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters admitted that he was hopeful that at least some supporters would be permitted to watch live matches next term.

No one knows when matches will move away from the behind-closed-doors model,’ he said.

‘Obviously, it’s right to have contingency plans in place, but there is optimism at the Premier League and at clubs that we will start to see fans back in the stadiums next season, and it may happen on a phased basis.’ 

ClaretandHugh says: Well that’s all well and good and hope springs eternal but like most of the plans under discussion right now everything is plagued by uncertainty. And there is one very big problem here – how do you organise the sale of season tickets on the basis that social distancing remains in place. How – having bought a season ticket – can we be certain of being able to be in the stadium in the first place. And if a selection process is put in place how can anybody be certain that those who are given the chance to attend will want to give that dangers to health may well still be prevalent. Many across the forums have said they will not be going back to football matches until a vaccine has been found. Nice thought and we all need a bit of hope and optimism but this one looks a very tricky operation to undertake.