Premier League issue statement following news that some Spurs fans could attend North London derby

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The Premier League have issued a statement regarding supporters returning to stadiums following Boris Johnson’s announcement earlier this afternoon.

Johnson announced that spectators can return to Premier League games and other sporting events once the English lockdown ends on December 2nd.

Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, later confirmed that up to 4,000 spectators or 50 per cent capacity limits – whichever is lowest – will be implemented in tier 1 areas, reducing to 2,000 or 50 per cent for indoor venues.

In tier 2 areas, the limit will be 2,000 spectators outdoors and 1,000 indoors, or 50 per cent capacity. No fans will be allowed in stadiums in tier 3 areas.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy revealed today in the club’s annual financial statement that the North London outfit could lose in excess of £150million should the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium remained closed to fans.

The news means that some Tottenham Hotspur fans could potentially be set to attend the North London derby against Arsenal on Saturday, December 5, should London be placed into Tier One or Two of the new COVID-19 restrictions.

The Premier League statement read: “Fans have been greatly missed at Premier League matches and therefore we welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today regarding the return of supporters for the first time since March, albeit at small numbers.

“Our ambition remains to work with Government to increase attendance to more substantial levels. Until this can be done, many fans will be unable to attend games and our clubs will continue to operate matches at a financial loss. 

“Our priority continues to be the agreement of a roadmap, with DCMS and the Sports Technology and Innovation Group, for pilot events that can help our clubs quickly scale up to larger capacities in line with the Sports Ground Safety Authority’s COVID-secure guidelines and beyond.   

“Premier League clubs have a proven track record of achieving high-biosecurity standards and we believe we can play a significant role in the Government’s rapid turnaround testing initiative. 

“We look forward to working with Government on their next steps.”

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