Tuesday 20 October, 2020

2,500 fans back in Premier League venue for Brighton-Chelsea

Brighton football fans adhere to social distancing measures in the stands as they watch the action on the pitch during the pre-season friendlyagainst Chelsea, at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Adam Davy/PA via AP).

Brighton football fans adhere to social distancing measures in the stands as they watch the action on the pitch during the pre-season friendlyagainst Chelsea, at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Adam Davy/PA via AP).

Supporters returned to a Premier League stadium for the first time since March on Saturday when Brighton drew 1-1 with Chelsea in a pre-season friendly.

Around 2,500 fans — spaced out to abide by coronavirus social distancing — were allowed into Brighton's stadium on the south coast of England.

It is one of the pilot schemes being run by the government to assess how spectators can return to sports venues on a more permanent basis during the pandemic.

New signing Timo Werner gave Chelsea the lead in the fourth minute and Pascal Groß equalised with a 90th-minute penalty.

Brighton will also host Chelsea in their opening game of the pandemic-delayed new Premier League season on September 14.

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