Premier League announce in statement fans will be subject to random spot checks on Covid vaccination status this season

THE PREMIER LEAGUE have announced fans will be subject to random spot-checks on coronavirus vaccinations this season.

Prem bosses have warned supporters they should be prepared to prove they've been double jabbed or received a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours.

Confirming the news in a statement, the Premier League said the spot-checks will happen 'initially' for the first few matchdays of the season.

Supporters have been told they can 'expect the introduction of random spot-checks' at some grounds.

The Premier League have introduced the temporary measure to ensure they are ready to implement the system should it become mandatory.

The government withdrew restrictions on capacity limits in July but it's still unclear whether 'vaccine passports' will be introduced later in the year.

The Premier League have also asked fans to continue wearing masks in indoor areas and to avoid close contact with strangers.

The news comes just three days before the new season gets underway with Arsenal's trip to newly promoted Brentford on Friday.

Prem bosses stressed: "Even though the nation is reopening, the Government has made it clear that this pandemic is still far from over.

"It is possible the safety measures for matches could be subject to change at short notice.

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"Fans should continue to follow the latest public health guidance and guidance from their club.

"However, even in these uncertain times, we are optimistic that by continuing to work together with fans, supporter groups, football stakeholders, national Government and local authorities everyone can enjoy full and vibrant stadiums while staying safe from Covid-19.

"The Premier League will continue consulting with all key stakeholders, including the Football Supporters' Association, and will be running a series of fan-engagement campaigns to help all ticket-holders ensure they are match-ready."

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