Premier League clubs confirm plans for return of fans in December

Liverpool to restrict ticket allocation to club's home Premier League match against Wolves on December 6 to supporters within city region; Tottenham announce plans for fans to attend north London derby against Arsenal

Liverpool can have up to 2,000 fans back at Anfield from December 2
Image: Liverpool last welcomed fans to Anfield for their Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid on March 11

Liverpool will restrict their ticket allocation for the Premier League visit of Wolves on December 6 to supporters from within the city's region.

The Premier League champions are one of 10 Premier League sides in tier two areas, where up to 2,000 people are allowed at outdoor sports venues after lockdown in England ends on December 2.

The other 10 clubs are all in tier three, where no fans are allowed.

The Kop will be closed for next month's home game against Wolves, with all fans to be housed in Anfield's Main Stand.

The club say a minimum of 75 per cent of the 2,000 tickets available for the fixture will be used for general admission, with the remaining tickets going allocated to hospitality supporters, players and to meet contractual obligations.

The plans need final approval by the Council's Ground Safety Advisory Group next week, with Premier League clubs also due to vote on a favourable return of fans on December 3.

Where fans will return to Premier League grounds

The five Premier League matches that will be allowed to host 2,000 fans on the weekend of December 5 and 6 are:

Liverpool v Wolves

Tottenham v Arsenal

Chelsea v Leeds

West Ham v Man United

Brighton v Southampton

Supporters must abide by a new supporter code of conduct and complete a health declaration questionnaire before purchasing a ticket, if successful in the ballot.

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Fans are also encouraged to take a coronavirus test ahead of the game against Wolves, with a nearby mass testing centre to remain open on match days.

Tottenham to host 2,000 fans for north London derby

Meanwhile, Tottenham have also confirmed plans for 2,000 fans to attend the north London derby against Arsenal next month.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Image: The north London derby is set to be the first match at Tottenham's stadium to host fans since March

The match on December 6, live on Sky Sports, will be the first to be played in front of spectators at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Norwich on March 4.

The club said they will run a ballot of season ticket holders and executive members in order to allocate the tickets.

Spurs fans will have to confirm they are not travelling to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from a restricted area.

Sky Sports News chief reporter Bryan Swanson explains how the tier system will work with regards to the return of fans to football stadiums

The club will also introduce timed entry to avoid congestion at the turnstiles as part of their coronavirus protocols for fans to observe at matches.

Arsenal will become the first Premier League team to welcome fans back into their stadium when they host Rapid Vienna in the Europa League next Thursday.

The first Premier League fixture to welcome fans could be West Ham's home fixture against Manchester United at the London Stadium on 5 December, before Chelsea take on Leeds later that day.

Manchester will be in tier three under the new restrictions but there may be fans present for United's trip to West Ham next week and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has welcomed the news.
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West Ham manager David Moyes says the limited return of fans to football stadiums is 'great news', and is looking forward to more being able to attend soon.

Travel between tiers explained

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Sky Sports' Paul Gilmour reports the latest updates regarding the Government's tier system in relation to fans travelling to sporting events.

Fans of tier two clubs living in tier three areas should not attend matches. Football matches are not deemed to be 'essential reasons' for travel from tier three.

Those living in tier two can travel to a game in a tier one area, although there are currently no Premier League clubs in a tier one zone.

What have other clubs revealed?

Brighton - 2000 tickets will be made available to Brighton season-ticket holders and 1901 Club members for their Premier League fixture against Southampton on December 7.

Priority windows for the ballot will be published at approximately 5pm on Friday.

Everton - Ticket ballot will only be open to season ticket and hospitality members.

Eligible fans will be contacted shortly with details of the process for the next game at Goodison Park against Chelsea on December 12.

Fulham - Club will be distributing tickets via a ballot to last season's ticket holders only.

Their first eligible game will be against Liverpool at home on December 13.

West Ham - 2000 spectators will be able to attend as the Hammers face Manchester United on December 5 at 5:30pm, live on Sky Sports.

Season Ticket Holders and Club London Members can enter a ballot. Fans will be told by email whether they have been successful by Thursday December 3.

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