Up to 4,000 supporters will be permitted to attend some football matches from December 2.
Crowds allowed back into sport stadiums next week The 2,524 socially-distanced spectators at Brighton's pre-season friendly against Chelsea in August got an early glimpse of how the Premier League may now be set to welcome crowds back. Paul Barber, the club's chief executive, described the painstaking efforts that clubs must now go to ensure stadiums are safe. For the Chelsea friendly alone an operational plan ran to almost 200 pages. One immediate hurdle for the Amex to overcome was that the stadium had been granted planning approval on the basis of limited parking as part of a sustainable transport plan by the club. "What we did was to expand the amount of parking as far as we could and we will make use going forward of more Park and Ride facilities," he said. As it turned out, all transport networks were quiet, with some fans walking and cycling. The Amex also converted its ticket barriers to digital entry to prevent the risk of contamination. In the concourse areas, all fans wore masks, but stewards were under strict instruction to encourage rather than order fans to be vigilant over social distancing. Stewards, he said, were asked to be "as light in their touch as they possibly could in terms of 'don't bark at people'".
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|Champions League (League Winners): Tottenham Hotspur|
|Champions League (League Position): Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester City|
|Europa Cup (League Position): Southampton|
|Relegation (League Position): Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United|