A mutant strain of the virus has led to a number of regions that were previously in Tier 2 – and allowed to host sporting fixtures with up to 2,000 people – now bounced into harsher levels of lockdown.
Plymouth, Exeter, Bournemouth and Tranmere are the remaining clubs able to host supporters, albeit with a reduced limit.
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Liverpool are currently 1st in the Premier league table and host West Brom on 27th December at Anfield.
It will be a major boost for Liverpool to have 2000 fans there to support them at home.
Meanwhile, Everton currently in the 4th position and will host Sheffield United at Goodison Park on 27th Dec as well.
Southampton and Brighton will be moved into Tier 4 from midnight on Saturday, which will mean fans are no longer able to watch games at St Mary’s or the Amex, while the Liverpool City Region will stay in Tier 2.
The new rules, announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Wednesday, will also have an impact further down the leagues with Bristol City also prevented from welcoming fans into Ashton Gate from Saturday.
Covid-19 continued to wreak havoc with sporting fixtures, with Rotherham’s Sky Bet Championship match against Middlesbrough on Boxing Day postponed due to more confirmed Covid-19 cases.
The lack of in-person watching is definitely a sore point for all football fans, especially those with tickets to the upcoming matches. While the TV is a decent substitute, it cannot replace the rush of soaring emotions witnessed in stadiums. Coronavirus has once again dealt a severe blow to the football industry, just when one expected everything to return to normal.
Football without fans is nothing. For now, though, fans may have to stay further away than they would like. It is, sadly, a sacrifice that has to be made.
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