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Premier League clubs fear that games could be played behind closed doors until November as the Government desperately tries to stop a second coronavirus wave.

Along with football, other major sports have voiced their concerns over when they will be able to get spectators safely back inside grounds, with the initially planned return date of October 1 looking more unlikely as the days go by.

In recent weeks coronavirus cases have been on an alarming rise in the UK, which will see Prime Minister Boris Johnson impose tighter restrictions in a bid to prevent a second wave.

Premier League clubs fear a second wave will keep spectators out of football grounds - such as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (above) - until November

Premier League clubs fear a second wave will keep spectators out of football grounds - such as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (above) - until November

Premier League clubs fear a second wave will keep spectators out of football grounds – such as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (above) – until November

The PM faced a welter of criticism as he begged the public to keep faith with his draconian new rules despite the testing system descending into a shambles, with fears schools and offices will have to shut because people with mild symptoms cannot prove they are negative.

Amid bitter clashes between experts over the best way to respond to the rise in Covid cases, the North East is the latest area facing new curbs, including forcing pubs to shut at 10pm and tighter restrictions on socialising.

It was announced on Thursday that there will be no mixing with other households anywhere in the North East – a much stronger restriction that other local lockdowns across the UK.

Attending live sporting events in the North East is also forbidden, while public transport can only be used for essential trips. 

However, it was also announced that residents will still be able to leave the area to go on holiday – but only with members of their households. 

In an interview with The Sun, Mr Johnson emphasised that social restrictions, localised lockdowns, and a ‘ramped up’ testing were being used in a bid to prevent a second wave.

He warned: ‘The only way to make sure the country is able to enjoy Christmas is to be tough now.’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ready to impose tighter restrictions across the UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ready to impose tighter restrictions across the UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ready to impose tighter restrictions across the UK

Sports governing bodies believe a November return at the earliest is more likely, with clubs looking to move towards 30 per cent capacity.

Up to 1,000 fans will be allowed at eight fixtures across the three divisions of the EFL, including the Championship matches at Middlesbrough and Norwich, on Saturday afternoon – a decision which has caused backlash among supporters as they fear for their safety and well-being. 

EFL chairman Rick Parry, who said EFL clubs are losing £25million a month while fans aren’t allowed in stadiums over Covid-19 concerns, believes these trial events in football can ‘show the nation the way forward.’

He told Today on BBC Radio 4: ‘It’s entirely compatible with the rule of six. I think the government has a challenge in explaining all of the rules simply.

‘The government wants people to return to work, children to return to schools, students are returning to universities in huge numbers.

New restrictions would see fans having to wait another month before returning to grounds

New restrictions would see fans having to wait another month before returning to grounds

New restrictions would see fans having to wait another month before returning to grounds

‘We understand completely the rule of six but in terms of the social distancing within stadiums it’s entirely compatible with the rule of six. Given we’re the most regulated industry in the country when it comes to managing large events we can be an exemplar.

‘As we look for positive solutions amid the coronavirus crisis we can set examples of a return to a degree of normality safely and with social distancing in place.’

The latest set of games that will take place this weekend follows a successful pilot event involving 1,000 fans at last week’s EFL Trophy match between Cambridge United and Fulham Under 21s.

The events will take place despite the latest restrictions from the government in introducing the ‘rule of six’ at the beginning of this week. 

Up to 1,000 fans will be admitted to eight EFL fixtures this Saturday in the latest test events

Up to 1,000 fans will be admitted to eight EFL fixtures this Saturday in the latest test events

Up to 1,000 fans will be admitted to eight EFL fixtures this Saturday in the latest test events

The EFL hope this weekend's games are the latest step to safely returning fans to stadiums

The EFL hope this weekend's games are the latest step to safely returning fans to stadiums

The EFL hope this weekend’s games are the latest step to safely returning fans to stadiums

EFL chairman Rick Parry has insisted the pilot games will be compatible with the 'rule of six'

EFL chairman Rick Parry has insisted the pilot games will be compatible with the 'rule of six'

EFL chairman Rick Parry has insisted the pilot games will be compatible with the ‘rule of six’

EFL Pilot matches 

Saturday 3pm unless stated 

Championship 

Norwich City v Preston North End

Middlesbrough v AFC Bournemouth

League One

Blackpool v Swindon Town

Charlton Athletic v Doncaster Rovers

Shrewsbury v Northampton 

Hull City v Crewe Alexandra

League Two

Forest Green Rovers v Bradford City

Carlisle v Southend (1pm) 

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The ‘rule of six’ limits came into effect in England and Scotland on Monday and apply to both indoor and outdoor gatherings. They apply to indoor groups in Wales.

Mr Johnson and his ministers acted after the UK’s coronavirus reproduction rate escalated to between one and 1.2 for the first time since March.

It followed three consecutive days of over 3,000 new cases and comes amid a shortage of tests.

Parry reiterated his hope that this weekend’s matches will help convince the government that supporters can return in limited numbers from October 1. 

A plan for grounds to be up to a third full next month is now under review. 

He said: ‘Our point is that we need supporters back in stadiums because we are haemorrhaging around £25m a month.

‘The cost across the season to us is £200m, which is not sustainable, and we believe all the work that has been done on the safe return to stadiums with the government is a practical and workable solution going forward.

‘Clearly if the tests with 1,000 are successful, we hope to build on that gradually and get back to the October aspiration of playing safely with reduced capacities and showing the nation the way forward.’

Fans reacted with anger and bewilderment at the decision to allow 1,000 fans in to the games

Fans reacted with anger and bewilderment at the decision to allow 1,000 fans in to the games

Fans reacted with anger and bewilderment at the decision to allow 1,000 fans in to the games

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ARSENAL legend Thierry Henry is to be the focus of a new Entourage-style show about his glamorous life in football.

The ex-Gunner is working with the creator of the original hit Hollywood series Doug Ellin to make a similar show about the world of football.

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Doug said the show will be inspired by Henry’s life – just like Entourage was based on the life of actor Mark Wahlberg.

The HBO show was based on Mark’s experiences as a young actor in Hollywood and the wild parties and excesses of the LA scene.

Ellin revealed: “It’s a show set in the world of football. We’re actively trying to get that going right now.



Thierry Henry was in the Entourage movie so I’ve known him a long time. And Darren Dein, who is his long-time manager, is a good friend of mine.

“It’s the friendships, the family dynamic, all that stuff behind the scenes.

“It’s inspired by Thierry’s life, similar to how Entourage was inspired by Mark Wahlberg.

“We’ve just finished the script and we’re hoping.

“The world is closed down, and my opening scene takes place at a full Wembley stadium. But we can do that with cardboard cutouts and CGI. 

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Henry starred in the Entourage movie Credit: Getty – Contributor

“Thierry will consult as well as his manager to help us to make it as authentic as possible.”

The Hollywood producer shared the story of his success with new men’s lifestyle site Mr Feelgood, which features inspirational stories, wisdom and pragmatic health advice alongside style tips and celebrity interviews.

He revealed how he never liked the idea for Entourage but was coaxed into doing it by his manager.

“A friend of mine told me I should try the TV business, which I’d never done anything in. I said, ‘ How do you get into that?’

“He said write a spec script for a show I loved. So I wrote a Curb Your Enthusiasm spec script, which means I just wrote something that interested me.

“And my manager, who is Mark Wahlberg’s manager, liked that script and said, ‘We’re kicking around this idea about Mark and his friends.’ And that’s where that started.”

He added: “I actually hated the idea for Entourage. And my manager just said, ‘You’ll figure it out.’ So I went and thought about it, and then spent about 18 to 24 months getting the script into a place where HBO finally said: ‘OK.’

“The thing that didn’t work for me, which is why I think the show worked, is the idea of an ‘entourage’ is not really my thing.

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The HBO show ran for eight seasons from 2004 Credit: Handout

“I think of entourages as being about people using each other for things. But the idea of friendship is my thing.

“The friends that I’ve come up with, and that ultimately these characters became based around, we’ve always stuck together and try to help each other out.

“So it was much more important to me that this is a family and that everybody had a real purpose. Even if it was Turtle being the driver.

“It was far from smooth sailing. The first script that I handed in, which we felt really good about, they (HBO) hated it.  

“And I said to my manager, ‘What don’t they like about it?’ And he said, ‘They don’t like any of it.’ So that wasn’t good.”

Henry, 43, retired from football in 2014 after a hugely successful career which saw him play at Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal and Barcelona – as well as winning the 1998 World Cup with France.

He moved from Barcelona to the MLS where he played for New York Red Bulls before becoming manager of AS Monaco and now Montreal Impact.

Ellin has a new podcast called “Victory The Podcast” where he and Entourage star Kevin Dillon discuss the show.

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