Spurs hopes of 4000 fans vs Everton among those dashed by Boris Johnson decision

The Premier League season will kick off behind closed doors this weekend under orders from the government.

Tottenham were among the top-flight clubs hopeful of opening their doors to 4,000 supporters for their game against Everton this Sunday.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson torpedoed any chance of that happening after the latest spike in coronavirus cases.

Johnson last night announced a review of previously-announced plans to bring fans back into stadiums on October 1.

And requests from clubs like Spurs to allow a limited number through the turnstiles as early as this weekend will now be turned down as well.

A full season without supporters would cost Premier League clubs £700m in lost matchday revenue.

But chief executive Richard Masters insists they are “ready, willing and able” to open their doors as soon as it is safe to do so.

Asked whether stadiums could still be back to full capacity by the end of the season, Masters said: “I remain very optimistic that can be achieved. That’s our objective.

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“We have to get back to fans inside stadia as quickly as possible.

"We’re ready, willing and able to open the turnstiles on October 1 if given permission to do so.”

Masters also confirmed that plans to hold the Premier League Asia Trophy next summer have been scrapped.

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