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Patient approach: Ards and Glenavon will hope to be playing in front of some fans sooner rather than later

Patient approach: Ards and Glenavon will hope to be playing in front of some fans sooner rather than later

Patient approach: Ards and Glenavon will hope to be playing in front of some fans sooner rather than later

Danske Bank Premiership clubs have decided that next season will not start unless their grounds are allowed to be half full of spectators.

Club chiefs insist the domestic game cannot be played without fans and will only go ahead if supporters totalling 50% of the official ground safety capacity can gain entry at each stadium.

The NI Executive on Thursday stated that limited numbers of outdoor spectators will be allowed to attend games from July 17 - and that means we could see fans at the Irish Cup semi-finals and final. However, clubs accept it's not financially feasible for the league campaign to go ahead unless supporters are allowed in, in sufficient numbers.