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Super League looks to August restart with fans back in October

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LONDON: Rugby league's Super League hopes to resume in August, with officials looking to welcome fans back to games as soon as October.

The Super League, 10 of whose 12 clubs are based in England, was suspended in March as part of the wider coronavirus shutdown.

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A proposed return date of Aug 16 is regarded as necessary to minimise any rebate to broadcast rights-holder Sky Sports.

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But rugby league is more reliant on fans than English football, which is planning on staging behind-closed-doors matches for the foreseeable future.

Britain's Press Association reported Thursday that Oct 1 is regarded as the earliest possible start date for the return of fans to matches, although this will be dependent on UK government health guidance.

"We are now at a stage where we have three advanced models, based around a season restart date of mid-August," wrote Super League chief executive Robert Elstone in an open letter on Thursday.

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