Premier League football without crowds: what is it really like?

From a doping control officer to a stadium announcer, we speak to four people who attend games in a Covid-19 environment

The changes have been huge. We have over 200 doping control staff for the Premier League programme and that was reduced right down to 12 or 14 for the restart, as we had to be Covid tested twice a week and it’s an expensive thing. Our team were travelling distances that we normally wouldn’t to cover matches and training sessions. I live up in Solihull and doing games in London you would sometimes be leaving the stadium at midnight, getting home at 2am, and we’re back up the next day to do a squad session somewhere else. It was … interesting.

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