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Premier League fans CAN sing on return to grounds but coronavirus ‘code of conduct’ to rule out hugging


RETURNING fans will be able to sing but not hug.

The Government plans to enforce a ‘code of conduct’ for spectators as a condition of the grounds being opened for the first time in nine months.

Football fans will be allowed to cheer their teams but no hugs

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Football fans will be allowed to cheer their teams but no hugsCredit: AFP – Getty

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed clubs will be allowed up to 4,000 fans from next Wednesday — depending on the tier level of Covid-19 in the area

The EFL plans to reschedule next week’s midweek games and ensure all clubs that can welcome fans from Wednesday are able to cash in.

There were fears fans would be banned from singing and have to wear masks in their seats.

But SunSport understands masks will only have to be worn entering or leaving the stadium and on concourses.

Social-distancing measures will be enforced, with no physical contact with other fans who are outside their social bubble.

Clubs will be told to ensure steward police the regulations with fans risking being kicked out if they ignore the rules.

Spectators are expected to promise they will not attend if they have Covid symptoms or are asked to isolate.

The final regulations are due to be signed off tomorrow when the Government will outline which areas of the country will be in specific tiers.

How many fans each Premier League club will be allowed based on October tiers
How many fans each Premier League club will be allowed based on October tiers
Fans will have to respect the rules - or it could cost them going to watch live again

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Fans will have to respect the rules – or it could cost them going to watch live againCredit: Rex Features

EFL chairman Rick Parry described the initial return of supporters as “a welcome start” which could be a “lifeline” for clubs in League Two.

But Parry added: “There is a lot to do quite quickly.

“We’ve got to make sure the clubs and fans behave responsibly.”

The restrictions mean Rotherham, in tier three before lockdown, may still not be allowed fans at all.

Long-term, it’s not viable to operate at those sort of levels. It would see us operating at a matchday loss

Paul BarberBrighton chief exec

Millers’ chairman Tony Stewart said: “It is good news for a few — but not for a lot.

“Some fans will be doing backwards somersaults and if we are allowed fans it will be a nice fight to be one of the 2,000 or so. Match day is an occasion, not just a game.”

Brighton chief exec Paul Barber believes the move will be “more symbolic than financial” for Premier League clubs.

He added: “Long-term, it’s not viable to operate at those sort of levels. It would see us operating at a matchday loss.

“We have prepared for fans returning up to 25 per cent of our capacity, which would be much closer to 7,000 to 8,000.”

Sport fans to return to live matches from December 2 with Premier League stadiums back open as rules relax





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