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Football: return of English fans expected from May 17


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The British government is targeting a return of supporters to stadiums in England from May 17 if the health situation allows, with a capacity limited to 10,000 people maximum, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday.

England fans were able to drop back into the speakers last fall.

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The deconfinement plan presented by Boris Johnson to the deputies on this date provides for a return of spectators for sporting events, up to a quarter of the stadium capacity, but no more than 10,000 people.

For indoor sporting events, up to half of the capacity may be used, without exceeding 1,000 people. The current English football league season is due to end on 23 May. Apart from a few matches played in front of 2,000 spectators at the end of last year, the entire 2020-21 season was played behind closed doors.

According to government announcements, the other restrictions would be lifted from June 21, in time for a series of sporting events due to take place in England this summer. The semi-finals and the final of Euro football, postponed by a year due to the pandemic, are scheduled at Wembley between July 6 and 11.

The Wimbledon tennis tournament, canceled last year for the first time since World War II, is due to start on June 28 and the British Open of Golf on July 15 in Kent.

This announcement is a first step towards a return to normal in the United Kingdom, almost a year after the first of three lockdowns imposed by Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister told deputies on Monday that the mass vaccination campaign launched in the country had eased the pressure on hospitals and that “the end (was) in sight”.

(AFP)





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