The friendly game between Chelsea and Brighton will be played with fans in the Amex stadium

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Fans will return to a football stadium in England for the first time following the coronavirus lockdown when Brighton host Chelsea in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, after the government endorsed a raft of pilot events.

Games in England have been played behind closed doors since the resumption of football after a COVID-19 enforced hiatus but that could change soon. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on Wednesday confirmed a raft of new events in which spectators would be allowed into venues on a socially-distanced basis.

The other football matches involved are the friendly between Lewes FC and London Bees on August 30 and Non-League Finals Day – featuring the FA Vase and FA Trophy Finals – at Wembley Stadium, which is scheduled for September 20.

The matches will allow the government and clubs to test run methods for keeping fans safe inside stadiums while allowing a reduced number of supporters to return to professional sports venues with as little risk as possible.

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No Chelsea fans will be able to buy tickets, with Brighton announcing the government’s track-and-trace rules will be implemented at the Amex Stadium. This was confirmed in an official statement released by the club.

“To conform with the government’s track-and-trace rules, booking a ticket for this match requires you to ensure your personal and contact details are all up to date, and you have provided the club with a current working mobile phone number.

A total of 2,500 tickets will be made available to Brighton & Hove Albion season-ticket holders and 1901 Club members for a pre-season friendly against Chelsea at the American Express Community Stadium this Saturday, 29th August, kick-off 3 pm.”

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The friendly game between Chelsea and Brighton will be Chelsea’s first pre-season fixture and we could be seeing some of The Blues’ new boys in action. Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are poised to make their first appearance in a Chelsea shirt against the same opposition that they and Chelsea would kick off their Premier League campaign against on the 12th of September.

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