Fans could be banned from chanting in a bid to reduce the chances of coronavirus spreading upon the return of supporters to stadiums, according to reports.

Matches in both the Premier League and the Championship took place behind closed doors with fans watching from home when the 2019/20 season resumed in mid-June after an absence of more than three months because of the pandemic.

The 2020/21 campaign is due to begin in the top flight and the EFL from September 12.

Lockdown measures are being slowly eased and a pilot programme of sporting events to test the safe return of spectators is beginning from August 15.

It will take place at the final of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield, with a further full programme to follow including rugby games and horse racing.

The Prime Minister’s office after says there is a ‘view to reopening competition venues for sports fans’ from October 1, with social distancing measures in place

Reports from the Daily Mail claim that supporters could have to sign up to a code of conduct before getting their hands on match tickets.

One of these claimed measures mentioned could be that no chanting or signing takes place during games in a bid to curb a further spread of the virus.

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In the MLS, fans have signed waivers so they would not take legal action against either the American league or its clubs if they were to contract Covid-19 following attending a match.

The Mail report adds that if the pilot events are successful, fans ‘may’ be back in football stadiums by September 12 or ‘soon after’.

Potential measures include numbers of supporters being limited and spread out throughout a ground to achieve social distancing, as well as one way entry, staggered entry and exit times, and hand sanitiser facilities.