Fans were required to observe social distancing measures and wear face coverings both outside and inside the stadium, but could remove them once in their seat

Football fans were allowed into a Premier League stadium for the first time in almost six months, as 2,500 watched Saturday’s friendly between Brighton and Chelsea.

Seagulls supporters were able to attend the game at the Amex Stadium as part of a government trial event for the return of fans to stadiums for matches.

Football was suspended in March because of the global coronavirus pandemic, with the 2019-20 English top-flight season restarting behind closed doors in June.

Saturday’s game finished 1-1, Pascal Gross equalising late on from the penalty spot after Germany forward Timo Werner’s first goal for the club had given Chelsea the lead.

This week, a number of the Blues’ players went into quarantine after returning from their summer break.

It is not known if any players have tested positive for Covid-19.