Watford have announced that from this weekend they will be introducing Covid-19 status spot checks for supporters.

In a statement published on the club website, Watford claim that they are implementing regulations that could become mandatory for all clubs from October 1.

It reads: "The Government has indicated that Covid certification checks are likely to be mandatory for those attending large events from October 1. In line with Premier League guidance, Watford FC has decided to bring such regulations forward to September 11."

Anyone asked is expected to show a Covid 19 pass via the NHS app to confirm they meet the following criteria:

- Have been double vaccinated for more than two weeks

- Have received a negative Covid-19 PCR or lateral flow test result within 48 hours of kick-off

- Have Covid antibodies having tested positive for Covid within the last six months

- Are exempt from vaccination

For now, anyone unable to do so will still be granted access to matches, but that could change should the checks become mandatory.

The statement continues: "Fans will still be granted access if they cannot confirm their Covid-19 status for now, but will be advised that if such checks become mandatory as expected, failure to comply will result in them being denied entry into Vicarage Road.

"Supporters coming to matches on and beyond Saturday should be ready to have their Covid status checked. This process will be conducted through use of the NHS Covid Pass, which is available via the NHS app or via other NHS services."