London (AP) – Due to the tightened Corona measures, the London Premier League clubs will have to do without fans in the stadium from Wednesday.
British Health Minister Matt Hancock announced on Monday that the capital would be classified at the highest corona alert level due to the drastically increasing number of cases.
This means, among other things, that spectators at sporting events are initially prohibited. Since the beginning of December, some clubs have welcomed as many as 2000 fans to their respective home games, including the London clubs. The exact number was based on regionally applicable Corona restrictions.
“We are disappointed to confirm that we will no longer be able to welcome fans to the Emirates Stadium for our Premier League game against Southampton on Wednesday, December 16,” Arsenal tweeted after the tightening. Even before Secretary Hancock’s announcement, Chelsea coach Frank Lampard said clubs would be at a disadvantage without fan support. “We saw on the field what support they give you and what that means for the game.”
The restrictions will affect Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Fulham’s home games in the Premier League in the Premier League. Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Southampton FC and Brighton & Hove Albion will then be the only teams allowed to play in their own stadium for a limited number of spectators.
Leicester City, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Manchester United have been further excluded from the exemption from the beginning of the month due to the excessive corona numbers in their respective regions.