Premier League clubs are heading for unavoidable ticketing chaos as the top flight gears up for the re-admission of fans into stadiums.
A sizeable number of sides face a specific obstacle to overcome in the coming weeks, centred on season tickets.
It is common for fans to share annual passes between friends and family on a rotational basis, an occurrence prevalent among the division’s top eight clubs.
Long waiting lists and a desire to keep hold of exact seats, or to rack up loyalty points, means that thousands of season tickets across the league are under the name of individuals who may not attend home fixtures.
In some cases, the ticket-holder is deceased. That is representing a significant headache for some clubs in light of the Government’s Track and Trace scheme.
As per Government guidelines, clubs will be required to maintain ‘temporary records of all spectators for 21 days’ to assist the NHS with requests for data.
It is hoped that a small proportion of fans will be welcomed back into grounds come October — but clubs face a tough few weeks attempting to iron out possible issues.
The majority of Premier League sides have yet to finalise how they are tackling ticket issues, with discussions surrounding the ballot process ongoing.