The plans for the return of supporters to live sport events from the start of October are set to be put on hold.

Cabinet office minister Michael Gove has said this morning that ‘a staged programme of more people returning’ is to be paused.

This includes the pilot programme of events restricted to 1000 people. National League clubs have been told that if supporters are not allowed to attend, their season will not begin, say the BBC.

National League chairman Brian Barwick had said last week: “The National League restart depends upon crowds being allowed back in stadiums, as live attendance is our clubs’ largest source of income.

“The Government urgently needs to set out a credible pathway for the safe return of supporters, and to ensure our football clubs can continue to function, and to perform their significant role in the sporting life of the country.”

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