Notts County CEO Jason Turner has written to the National League insisting that the season should commence on 3rd October despite supporters not being permitted in stadiums.

“It is the firm belief of the Notts County board that the new season should commence, behind closed doors, on Saturday 3 October as scheduled,” said Turner.

“We are, of course, disappointed that the government’s aim to reintroduce fans to stadiums from 1 October won’t be achieved but, like all other clubs, we have worked incredibly hard and invested considerable funds in building and preparing our squad for the new season. We have also continued, at our own cost, to regularly test our players and staff for Covid-19, such is our determination to play football and play it safely.

“Our players have undertaken a full pre-season programme and played a number of matches behind closed doors, both home and away. Clubs have therefore already demonstrated they can host matches behind closed doors safely and successfully in line with the protocols that have been justifiably introduced.”

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