Liverpool vs Tottenham will be only midweek Premier League game with fans as Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham back behind closed doors with London placed into tier 3 December 15, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer

Football fans of London clubs will not be allowed into stadiums this week, after the capital was placed into tier 3 of coronavirus restrictions.

The decision will come into effect on Wednesday which means Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Tottenham and West Ham supporters will revert to playing behind closed doors.

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The return of fans to grounds in London have proved short-lived

Up to 2,000 spectators had been allowed back in London stadiums since early December for the first time in nine months.

But the move into tier three means once again the capital’s stadiums will be empty.

Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester and Newcastle are all under the highest restrictions too.

That means only four Premier League clubs will now be allowed to have fans in grounds – Liverpool, Everton, Brighton and Southampton – until the next tier review takes place on December 23.

Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham had all been due to play in front of 2,000 fans again in midweek.

But with that prospect now ruled out, the only midweek Premier League fixture to have a crowd this week will be the top-of-the-table clash at Anfield on Wednesday night when Liverpool entertain Tottenham.

Arsenal have had 2,000 fans back for their past two games but will now have to close the Emirates again

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Arsenal have had 2,000 fans back for their past two games but will now have to close the Emirates again

Health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the news of London’s move into tier 3 at a press conference on Tuesday, which comes a fresh blow ahead of the busy festive schedule.

Addressing the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, Hancock said: “We are acting ahead of the formal review date.

“I am very grateful to colleagues at Public Health England, NHS Test and Trace and the Joint Biosecurity Centre, whose surveillance of this virus means we can act very rapidly when a problem arises.

“We have, therefore, decided to move Greater London, the south and west of Essex, which includes Basildon, Brentwood, Harlow, Epping Forest, Castlepoint, Rochford, Maldon, Braintree and Chelmsford, along with Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea and Borough Councils, along with the south of Hertfordshire into Tier 3, which is a very high alert level.”

Football clubs in London throughout the pyramid will be affected by the government’s announcement, as well as other sporting events due to take place in the coming weeks.

The William Hill World Darts Championship, at London’s Alexandra Palace, had planned to have 1,000 fans in attendance.

But the sport’s biggest event, which begins on Tuesday, will now also be largely a fan-free zone.

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