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British Police want the football season called off completely if fans defy social-distancing rules in the event the campaign resumes during the coronavirus crisis (stock photo)

British Police want the football season called off completely if fans defy social-distancing rules in the event the campaign resumes during the coronavirus crisis (stock photo)

British Police want the football season called off completely if fans defy social-distancing rules in the event the campaign resumes during the coronavirus crisis (stock photo)

British Police want the football season called off completely if fans defy social-distancing rules in the event the campaign resumes during the coronavirus crisis.

The UK's most senior football police officer Mark Roberts said yesterday the option should apply if supporters congregate outside a stadium during or after a match.

As Premier League clubs continued to plan for a return behind closed doors - including discussing drive-in screenings, digital viewing parties and cardboard cut-outs of fans - Roberts also said clubs had the option of banning any fan found to have breached the rules.

"What we don't want is to do things that breach the lockdown, and all the hard work that people have put in, by then having fans congregate," he said.

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