London & Liverpool clubs to have 2000 supporters in grounds/Manchester clubs to have none under new restrictions

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta before the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Fans return

The Government has announced the tiered restrictions which are set to take effect following the end of the current national lockdown. December 2nd is the official day on which lockdown restrictions will end in England, with the country set to return to a tiered system similar to the one which interleaved the two national lockdowns this year.

The areas which have been placed into tier 3 are:

  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  • Leeds
  • Hull
  • City of Wolverhampton
  • Blackpool
  • Kent
  • Coventry
  • South Yorkshire
  • Bristol

This means that any football clubs situated in these areas will remain without fans in their respective grounds, as games continue behind closed doors. However, teams in the tier 2 level of restrictions will be allowed to have up to 2000 in attendance.

Areas in Tier 2 include:

  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Dorset

This means that Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Tottenham will all be granted permission to have a small number of supporters in attendance at their fixtures.

Teams situated in areas not listed above will be in tier 1, and allowed as many as 4000 fans in their grounds. The earliest we could see fans return is the weekend commencing the 5th of December. However, it may take time for clubs to prepare stadiums to admit the paying public once again.

Guardiola eager for fan return

Pep Guardiola spoke recently of his personal eagerness for fans to return to stadiums.

“If they believe this is the best, we can do it, hopefully it will work and nothing wrong will happen. Everyone is [waiting] for fans to come back into stadiums,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League fixture against Olympiacos.”

Pep Guardiola

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 18: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City celebrates victory after the FA Cup Final match between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium on May 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Man City via Getty Images)

“If the government have decided this it is because they have listened to the scientists and the doctors for what is the best for everyone.”

“We are a lucky profession for the fact we can do our job. How many jobs are closed and will not reopen again? We are waiting to come back for our fans.”

However, whilst some clubs will soon see fans return, with Manchester selected as part of the aforementioned tier 3 group, Guardiola may have to wait a little longer before seeing the stands at the Etihad fill with support once more.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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