LIVERPOOL and Everton are now the only two clubs allowed to admit fans in the Premier League.
A number of other clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham had been permitted to allow up to 2,000 supporters into home games earlier this month.
Fans will still permitted to congregate at the Kop End[/caption]
Goodison Park will also still be able to host supporters[/caption]
That experiment ceased, however, when London was subsequently moved into Tier 4.
And in today’s announcements by Matt Hancock, Brighton and Southampton have followed suit.
This means that Anfield and Goodison Park will be the only two grounds left housing supporters within the Premier League.
The announcement comes on the back of the highest hospital admissions numbers since April, following a 57 per cent rise.
And with the new coronavirus variant credited with producing record infection levels, health secretary Hancock said that it is ‘absolutely vital that we act’.
There will still be fans at tonight’s League Cup quarter-final between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison, however.
And the same is true for Liverpool’s home clash with West Brom on Sunday, as well as the Toffees’ match against Manchester City on Monday night.
Brighton fans will have to watch from home [/caption]
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Today’s announcement is also set to have a huge effect on the EFL.
As of Boxing Day, more than half the country (52.3 per cent) will be in Tier 4, while another 37 per cent will be in Tier 3.
Just 7.4million people, therefore, will live in zones still in Tier 2, in which you can watch live football – while the Isles of Scilly is the lone remaining area in Tier 1.