Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow has criticised the government’s decision to limit sporting pilot test events to a maximum of 1,000 fans for the rest of September.

The new Premier League campaign begins this weekend without fans — the same scenario clubs faced after the resumption of last season following a three-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In July the government said fans could possibly return to stadiums by Oct. 1 following a series of pilot events in various sports, but that is now under review after a rise in infections.

“So we feel rather disappointed about yesterday’s news. It’s not true that we haven’t had clarity on these (test events). We have actually been told they will be delayed and we have been told the tests would be capped at 1,000 fans,” Purslow, who says the Premier League will lose 100 million pounds ($130.07 million) per month, told BBC…

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