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Premier League fans could reportedly be ordered not to sing, shout, or drink alcohol when they return to grounds next month.Matches have been played behind closed doors since March amid the coronavirus pandemic but turnstiles are set to be opened again.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a limited number of fans can return with up to 4,000 allowed into venues that are in Tier 1 locations after December 2.Clubs situated in Tier 2 will only be able to let 2,000 in while those that are in Tier 3, likely to include Liverpool and Manchester, will be prevented from allowing supporters in.Though it seems the ‘normal’ matchday experience is still some way off with the Daily Mail reporting that the Premier League have written to each club
hereLast month Andy Burnham and other local leaders spent two weeks negotiating with the government for better financial support to help businesses that would be forced to close, the self-employed and others who lose income, before Tier 3 was eventually imposed. Mr Shapps responded by saying 'individual negotiations' last time led to rates not being 'gotten on top of as quickly as possible'.He said that Liverpool, which agreed to Tier 3 'quite quickly' had seen cases come down quickly and called the city 'a success story'.He added that the government had seen that 'elsewhere' things hadn't been as successful and that regions that were slower to go into Tier 3 did not see cases reduce.Ms Burley responded: "So just to be clear, it's Andy

Latest news from Scotland

SFA and SPFL Joint Response Group have called for "urgent" talks to put plans in place for the return of fans.This follows the decision from the UK Government to allow a maximum of 4000 supporters at outdoor events in low-risk tier one Covid areas.Up to 2000 punters will be allowed into grounds in tier two areas, with 1000 inside indoor areas in tier one areas. Now the JRG hope to facilitate a similar return in Scottish grounds with some clubs in "extremely precarious positions" during the pandemic.
Nicola Sturgeon to follow the UK government's decision to allow thousands of fans to return to games in some areas. It was announced yesterday that clubs in tier 1 areas in England will be able to welcome 4000 supporters while tier 2 can admit 2000.

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