Sky Sports and BT Sport will continue using fake crowd noise even after return of fans

PREMIER LEAGUE broadcasters Sky and BT will continue to use fake crowd noise even though fans are allowed back in stadiums from this weekend.

The TV companies will use some real crowd sounds mixed with artificial noise as part of the viewer experience.

TV audiences have had the option to listen to games with or without fake crowd noise since football returned behind closed doors in June.

Clubs in Government Tier 1 can welcome up to 4,000 fans back into their stadiums this weekend.

And teams in Tier 2 are allowed just 2,000 in.

Arsenal welcome Rapid Vienna to the Emirates in the Europa League on Thursday night with 2,000 Gooners expected to attend.

And the new system is expected to be ready for the game.

Five Premier League clubs will open their gates this weekend, starting with West Ham’s game against Manchester United at the London Stadium.

The Gunners also travel to bitter rivals Tottenham in the North London Derby on Sunday with viewers definitely in line to experience the new setting by then.

TV audiences have been given the chance to switch fake noise off until now and they are expected to be able to do the same again.

Broadcasters are expected to wait until around 10,000 fans are allowed back before binning the fake noise all together.

Earlier today it emerged match-going fans MUST wear masks in their seats this weekend.

The 20 Premier League clubs agreed new Covid regulations to cover the first crowd attendances in the League since March.

They include urging fans to 'moderate' their singing and shouting, although chants will not – unlike hugging fellow supporters – be banned.

But while Government guidelines indicated fans would only have to wear masks on entry and in concourses, the club chiefs agreed to enforce the tougher measures.

By mandating mask wearing except when fans are eating or drinking, clubs would be able to seat supporters at one metre distance in the most modern grounds.

And that could allow up to one third of total capacities – 20,000 or more for the likes of Man Utd, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle, Spurs, Arsenal and West Ham – allowed before the campaign finishes.

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