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England allows fans to attend the stadiums under new restrictions

Tue 24 November 2020 | 10:51

The government has announced that starting from December fans will be granted the permission to attend low-risk areas to watch football.

According to UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, starting from December 2nd football supporters will be allowed to attend football matches now that their four-week national lockdown is coming to an end. As reported the number of fans who would be permitted to the stadiums will depend on the tier in which the stadium is placed.

Stadiums placed in tiers 1 and 2 will be allowed 4000 and 2000 fans or half their capacity respectively while stadiums which are placed in tier 3 will hold the matches behind closed doors.

"Fans have been greatly missed at Premier League matches and therefore we welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today regarding the return of supporters for the first time since March, albeit at small numbers," the Premier League said in a statement.

"Our ambition remains to work with Government to increase attendance to more substantial levels. Until this can be done, many fans will be unable to attend games and our clubs will continue to operate matches at a financial loss.”

"Our priority continues to be the agreement of a roadmap, with DCMS and the Sports Technology and Innovation Group, for pilot events that can help our clubs quickly scale up to larger capacities in line with the Sports Ground Safety Authority’s COVID-secure guidelines and beyond.”

"Premier League clubs have a proven track record of achieving high-biosecurity standards and we believe we can play a significant role in the Government’s rapid turnaround testing initiative.”

"We look forward to working with Government on their next steps."

English Football League (EFL) also welcomed the news after having fans miss football stadiums since March.

“Whilst today’s news is subject to regional restrictions, it is an important step in achieving a return to normal, alongside it being crucial to addressing the significant revenue gap left by a lack of spectators and other revenue streams as a result of the pandemic," read the statement.”

The first matches to be held according to this announcement will on Wednesday December 2nd.

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source: SportMob