The fans of English football are finally going to get a green light for their return to the stadium after the current lockdown in Britain ends on December 2nd. Such decision has been announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lately, which certainly give boosts to the clubs. According to BBC, there will be ‘maximum of 4000’ fans that are able to watch the outdoor sporting events live in the area with low-risk case with the standardised health and social distancing protocol, whereas in the high-risk area, the games shall remain behind closed doors. Furthermore, there will be classification for tiers based on the number of cases to determine the maximum numbers to be permitted inside the venue. Ideally, the stadiums in tier one could have up to 4000 while the ones in tier two are only allowed to have half of them and none for the tier three.
This news definitely is relieving for the average and low-profile clubs without any big sponsors from big companies, such as the newly promoted team on the top flight, West Bromwich Albion or any EFL Championship clubs for example. They are the examples of clubs which are on the verge of bankruptcy. No wonder that such would be a long-awaited policy to save their business.
However, some details are still needed as there will definitely be a lot of fans keen on returning to the venues while the tickets available are fairly limited. The guidelines on which fans are given the permission, the circumstance, the additional facilities as well as the procedure of emergency situation or even sanctions in relation to it have not been released yet. Thus, it does still remain unknown at the moment. It is said that such issue will be discussed in the near future and expected to be made public on Thursday.
In Europe, Premier League is not the only one whose games are still played behind closed doors at the moment. Spanish La Liga is another one which fans are still barred to attend the games. Meanwhile, the football fans in Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 and Italian Serie A have been more fortunate. The local authorities have granted the clubs’ request to allow the fans back within the limit which varies from 20 to 40 percents of the stadium’s capacity. In some other countries, the limit is even higher, like in Russia, which is about 50 % capacity for the domestic matches.