Dover Athletic have shared an email from the National League to chairman Jim Parmenter in which a behind-closed-doors start to the new National League season is outlined.

The statement begins: ”Until the Government announced its review of the safe return of spectators, the league was fully geared up to commence the season with clubs applying new socially-distanced stadium capacities and putting in place Covid-secure measures to ensure crowd safety.

“This week, three of our clubs successfully held test events with up to 1,000 fans, and we hope that the diligent preparations made by all clubs to enable the return of fans may still be implemented in due course when permitted to do so.

“The league must now abide by the Government’s decision to exclude fans, and therefore, matches will be played ‘behind closed doors’, i.e. without supporters admitted, in accordance with Government policy and Stage 3 of the elite sport protocols until further notice.”

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