Up to 4000 fans to be allowed to attend English Premier League matches

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday that outdoor sporting events across England will soon see the return of fans. Johnson's new tiered proposal for when England exits lockdown on December 2 will allow a maximum of 4,000 fans to attend sporting events, including major internationals and Premier League games. However, high-risk areas will still operate a full ban on spectators.

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Up to 4000 fans to be allowed to attend English Premier League matches.

Premier League games – will soon see the return of fans, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday.

Areas of the country deemed to be low-risk regions in the Covid-19 pandemic will be allowed to welcome back 4,000 fans into outdoor stadiums in December.

Johnson laid out his new tiered proposal for when England exits lockdown on December 2; Tier 3 areas of the country will still be barred from allowing fans into stadiums, but Tier 1 regions will be allowed attendances of up to 4,000. Tier 2 will be permitted up to 2,000 supporters.

Steven Swinford of the Times breaks it down:

The proposed new tiered system won’t immediately provide relief to all. Teams in Liverpool and Manchester, for example, potentially find themselves remaining in Tier 3 restrictions, meaning a full ban on spectators remains in place.

Based on the tiers as outlined going into lockdown, London teams might find themselves in Tier 2, allowing for a partial return of 2,000 fans for each home game. As Rob Harris of the Press Association highlights, this could bring its own logistical nightmare:

The presence of fans – and therefore gate receipts – will be timely for the likes of Tottenham, who head into London derbies with Chelsea and Arsenal in their next two Premier League fixtures.

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