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November 25th, 2020
Fans to be Allowed Back to Stadiums Starting Dec. 2
English fans have been conspicuously missing from football games since the coronavirus pandemic wrought havoc.
But the thought of them coming back to the stadiums to watch their beloved teams in action has never waned.
In fact, they will soon be back to their favourite venues to watch the actions live.
This shaped up into near reality as fans will be allowed back to stadiums in Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas starting Dec. 2, as announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The announcement was warmly welcomed by involved sectors, specifically the English Football League (EFL), who said in a statement: ``The EFL welcomes today's decision by the Government to allow the return of supporters, capped at 4,000 in tier 1 and 2,000 in tier 2 when the national lockdown ends next week. We now look forward to the re-opening of some EFL Club stadiums as we finally welcome back fans after eight long months away.
``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.’’
UNITED VS PSG
So if you are looking forward to Dec. 2, the most high-profile event planned for this date is Manchester United’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford. It could be the first football game with fans attending.
Earlier, United have said they are ready to host 23,500 fans at their home stadium.
In another tie, Rapid Vienna visit Arsenal the following night.
But it was reported that as preparations are under way, clubs have not yet been contacted by government as of this writing about the plans to return fans to stadiums, thereby no decision has yet been taken about whether they will be admitted.
There is a foreseen confusion as the return-of-fans date nears but gauging from the enthusiasm shown, it looks like everything will be put in order.
Proper health protocols should remain the highest priority once fans are allowed back in not only in football stadiums but in horse racing, rugby and other venues willing to allow spectators back to their fold.
This will be a big challenge to authorities but we could now hear enthusiasts of football and other sports concerned as if saying that ``happy days are here again.’’