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Posh denied permission to host pilot event due to local infection rates

Peterborough United will not be one of the clubs hosting a pilot event this weekend, after confirmation that Public Health England would refuse the application.
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The Weston Homes Stadium will be empty a little while longer after Public Health England refused to grant permission for Posh to host a pilot event (Photo: Nick Reinis)

Clubs were asked this morning, September 15, to send in applications to run pilot events of up to 1,000 spectators. Requests had to be received by 2pm the same day in order for plans to be signed off on time. Those in local lockdown areas were told they would not be given permission.

The Posh game against Fleetwood Town this weekend is the first home game of the season - but despite the club's hope that it would be able to welcome some fans back to watch, the wait is going to be a little longer. In a statement, Peterborough United said: "After discussions with the local authority, we were informed that due to the current local infection rates within the city, we would be refused by Public Health England on the grounds of safety.

"Whilst disappointing, we accept the reasons that were given and look forward to potentially hosting a pilot event soon."

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said on Twitter: "Spoke to local authority I'm told and they refused due to local infection rates. Trust me; we are trying everything in our power to get fans back. They should be back and back like yesterday."

Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, will be meeting with sporting bodies this week to continue discussions around the planned return of sport spectators from October 1.

Meanwhile, all Posh season ticket holders have been sent a letter with the codes that will allow them to watch the match on iFollow.

The rate of new cases was revealed on Sunday to be 28.7 per 100,000 people in the seven days leading to September 10. However, according to Public Health England data, this has reduced over the week: the rate of new cases in the seven days leading to September 3 in Peterborough was 29.7 per 100,000 people.