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Fans to return to sports events from May 17

Fans will be allowed to return to sporting events from May 17, after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlines the road map for easing coronavirus restrictions.

Spectators have been unable to attend sports venues across England since December when the tiered system was in place, which allowed for sports in certain areas across the country to welcome a small number of fans.

However, as part of the step-by-step easing of restrictions across the country, spectators will be allowed to attend from May 17.

Sporting events in indoor arenas with a capacity of 1000 people will be allowed, outdoors a capacity of 4000 people will be allowed, or half full, whichever is lower.

Larger football stadiums will be allowed up to 10,000 people or be a quarter full, whichever is lower.

The proposals rule out fans attending games in the EFL as the season will have been completed by the proposed date, however, the final week of the Premier League season will be allowed to see fans in attendance.

It has been reported that the FA and the EFL are working with the government to allow fans to be inside of Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games, which are set to be played before the proposed date of May 17.

Author: Jake Wilkin