Neville slams Premier League plans for Covid ‘passports’ ahead of 2021/22 season

Gary Neville has criticised government plans to introduce Covid passports at Premier League matches next season.

Discussions are still ongoing between the government and Premier League as to whether or not this will be made compulsory for supporters, with a verdict yet to be reached.

It comes after the government announced such certification would be required for "large events" as of September, though these plans have not been welcomed by some MPs.

Football grounds are expected to be at full capacity for the upcoming season and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes plans for a Covid passport are not necessary.

"You shouldn’t need a passport to watch a football match ! Test events have been carried out with great success," he tweeted.

Fans were denied access for the majority of the 2020/21 season as rising coronavirus cases and deaths plunged the UK back into lockdown.

The success of the vaccine roll-out has ensured that supporters will be able to attend fixtures for the upcoming campaign.

In April, the Premier League wrote to the UK's major political parties, in a joint letter with other sporting bodies including the FA and EFL, regarding the prospect of Covid certification.

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"All of our sports can see the benefit that a COVID certification process offers in getting more fans safely back to their sport as quickly as possible," stated the letter. "We know that our stadia can only be fully filled with an assurance process.

"This process must ensure that everyone can access stadia and must include arrangements that would verify a negative Covid test or an antibody test or vaccination certification."

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