Arsenal, Chelsea & Spurs blocked from having fans at stadiums

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham will be unable to welcome fans inside their stadiums as London will move up to tier three from Wednesday.

The capital has been moved into the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions due to rising infection rates.

Arsenal were the first Premier League club to welcome fans back to their stadium for their Europa League tie against Rapid Vienna on December 3.

Meanwhile, Chelsea, Tottenham, Fulham and West Ham have also been able to have 2,000 supporters inside their stadiums this month after London was initially placed in tier two after the nation’s second lockdown.

But all London-based Premier League fixtures on Wednesday evening will be behind closed doors following Monday’s announcement.

This will mean that supporters will be unable to enter stadiums to watch Arsenal vs Southampton, Fulham vs Brighton or West Ham vs Crystal Palace.

London’s move to the highest tier means that Liverpool, Everton, Southampton and Brighton are the only four Premier League clubs who can allow fans inside the stadiums.

Speaking on Monday, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said he was in favour of fans being allowed into stadiums even if the ground is located in tier three.

Lampard also believes that Premier League teams who can still have fans inside stadiums have an unfair advantage.

‘Let’s be honest, we are making it up as we go along,’ said Lampard.

‘That’s not to sound critical, but it is the fact of never being in the position before.

‘I think when you are talking about whether the clubs can control the situation then I think they have shown that so far they can.

‘So I would like to have thought there would be something that we could do to get that 2,000 number in. Again, that goes above my station so I am just saying what I think.

‘Even though we are in tier two and we have had fans in for a game already, I did think it should be a level playing field for fans with some clubs having it when some can’t.

‘I think we have felt it already on the pitch with the backing they give you and what it can do to the game. I think that should be level.

‘I also can’t tell the government what to do, but to control 2,000 fans coming into a stadium, if they come in from within that tier, or however they want to do that to keep things moving along. So it is unfortunate to say the least.’

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