Leeds chief Gary Hetherington confident Super League will host crowds before end of season

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington remains confident Super League will be able to host crowds before the end of the season despite the cancellation of pilots.

The Rhinos were one of four clubs chosen to pilot socially distant crowds and were preparing to let 1,000 fans into Headingley for their home game against Catalans next Wednesday.

Hetherington said: “We’re obviously disappointed, particularly for those 1,000 people who would have been looking forward to the event.

“We were hoping that was the start of the process to be able to admit more fans. There’s an incredible amount of work and effort gone into the protocols of making sure it’s totally Covid free and safe for everybody.

“I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever would have managed the operation extremely well but alas it’s not to be. It’s now put on hold until the next time and I have no doubt that will happen.”

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