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English Premier League welcome back fans after nine months

With the ease in the pandemic rules, fans will finally be able to return to the Premier League and support their clubs.

It has been 9 months since the heart-breaking news was delivered to the fans. Even the current Champion, Liverpool, who waited 30 long years to finally get hold of the trophy had to celebrate without their fans.

The first game to welcome the supporters will be West Ham United against Manchester United in London Stadium. Liverpool will be hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, their first match with fans as Champions.

Premier League Matches to start with limited fans:

The bummer is, only a limited fans will be allowed in the stadium. Clubs falling under Tier-1 could allow up to 4,000 fans. But none of the Premier League teams falls under this category.

The 20 teams have been equally split into Tier-2 and Tier-3. The teams falling under the Tier-2 category can allow up to 2,000 fans, and the remaining teams are not permitted to have fans, yet.

Neither of the Manchester clubs has been given permission to allow fans as of now. They belong under the Tier-3 category. There will be a review of Tiers in mid-December.

Tier-2(up to 2,000 fans) – Arsenal, Brighton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, and West Ham United.

Tier-3(no fans) – Aston Villa, Burnley, Leeds United, Leicester City, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, West Brom, and Wolves.

Safety not to be neglected:

There are certain rules and regulations that fans must follow. They should be wearing masks at all times. They will be asked to avoid excessive singing and shouting.

Hugging shall also be avoided. This is being done mainly for safety, but also to convince the government and respective authorities that the Premier League is ready for a larger number of fans.

These are definitely progressive news, but there are people with different opinions. Many managers feel it unfair to allow limited fans. Clubs can easily accommodate much more fans. Definitely more than what has been permitted alongside maintaining their safety.

“Why only 2,000 or 4,000 fans in tier 2 or 1 when we have the capacity to safely house 20,000 at St James’ Park [capacity just over 52,000]? I think that’s unfair.”

– Newcastle manager Steve Bruce

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