Tiers System in England: London & Merseyside clubs can host fans, Manchester’s clubs can’t

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    The government in the United Kingdom has put the tiers system in England into motion as the categorization of stadiums into tier one, two, and three have been announced on Thursday.

    Clubs in Merseyside like Liverpool football club and Everton can host a maximum of 2000 spectators because Merseyside fell under tier two which means that the city is marked as a high-risk area for coronavirus.

    Also, clubs in London, including Arsenal football club, Chelsea, West Ham, Tottenham, and others in the capital city can host a maximum of 2000 fans at their stadiums because they fall under tier two of the tiers system in England.

    The system will come into full force after December 2 when the government of the UK lifts the coronavirus restriction already in place in the country. The restriction will be replaced by the tiers system.

    According to the government announcement, 99 percent of the population in England fall under tier two and three which is a partial lockdown. While one percent fall under tier one which is restriction-free.

    No stadium used by a Premier League club in the league fall under tier one which means that no club will be able to host up to 4000 spectators which are permitted in tier one. About 10 Premier League clubs fall under tier two which means that those clubs can host 2000 fans from December 3.

    Fortunately, Arsenal will be the first club in the league to host fans after over 8 months of playing football behind closed doors. The London based club will play a Europa League match against Rapid Vienna on Thursday, December 3 at the Emirates Stadium, a day after the lifting of the lockdown.

    The club has already announced that tickets will be available for sale on a first-come, first-serve basis for only registered fans who applied for the ballot in September.

    On the other hand, clubs in Manchester including Manchester United and Manchester City will not be permitted to host fans at their stadiums because their stadiums fall under tier three. Manchester United had to issue a press release to register their displeasure with the whole arrangement.

    The statement read: “Manchester United notes the Government decision to keep Trafford in the Tier 3 category of Covid-19 restrictions. This means games at Old Trafford will continue to take place behind closed doors until further notice.

    “Our plans for safely welcoming back fans to Old Trafford are well advanced and we look forward to doing so as soon as we are given the go-ahead. We will continue to work with local authorities on finalizing our plans so that we can move quickly when our area comes out of Tier 3.

    “Some of our forthcoming away games in Tier 2 areas may take place with a limited number of fans in attendance. However, under current guidelines, away fans will not be permitted to attend.

    “We thank our fans for their continued patience and will keep them informed of further developments.”

    Below are Premier League and EFL Clubs and the tier they fall under in the tiers system in England

    tiers system in England

    Tier 1
    No Premier League or EFL clubs

    Tier 2
    Premier League

    Arsenal
    Brighton
    Chelsea
    Crystal Palace
    Everton
    Fulham
    Liverpool
    Southampton
    Tottenham
    West Ham

    Championship

    ​Bournemouth
    Brentford
    Luton
    Millwall
    Norwich City
    QPR
    Reading
    Watford
    Wycombe

    League One

    Charlton Athletic
    Crewe Alexandra
    Ipswich
    MK Dons
    Northampton
    Oxford United
    Peterborough United
    Plymouth Argyle
    Portsmouth
    Shrewsbury
    Swindon
    Wimbledon

    League Two

    Barrow
    Cambridge
    Carlisle
    Cheltenham
    Colchester
    Crawley
    Exeter
    Forest Green Rovers
    Harrogate
    Leyton Orient
    Southend
    Stevenage
    Tranmere

    Tier 3
    Premier League

    Aston Villa
    Burnley
    Leicester City
    Leeds United
    Manchester United
    Manchester City
    Newcastle United
    Sheffield United
    West Brom
    Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Championship

    Barnsley
    Birmingham City
    Blackburn
    Bristol City
    Coventry City
    Derby County
    Huddersfield
    Middlesbrough
    Nottingham Forest
    Preston
    Rotherham
    Sheffield Wednesday
    Stoke City


    League One

    Accrington Stanley
    Blackpool
    Bristol Rovers
    Burton Albion
    Doncaster Rovers
    Fleetwood Town
    Gillingham
    Hull City
    Lincoln City
    Sunderland
    Rochdale
    Wigan Athletic

    League Two

    Bolton
    Bradford
    Grimsby
    Mansfield
    Morecambe
    Oldham
    Port Vale
    Salford
    Scunthorpe
    Walsall

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