No more fans permitted at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea had welcomed 2,000 fans back into the stadium for the Champions League draw against Krasnodar and the Premier League win against Leeds.

However, following a recent development, London will be placed in tier 3, the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions in the UK, the BBC reports. London was previously in tier 2, which permitted up to 2000 fans, but is now set to be downgraded to the third tier.

This means London clubs, including Chelsea, will no longer be allowed to welcome supporters to their stadiums for the foreseeable future.

The upcoming home clash against West Ham, scheduled for December 21, will be played behind closed doors, as UK government tries to take a grip on the coronavirus pandemic.

Reacting to speculations that Stamford Bridge may no longer hold fans, Lampard told the media: “Even though we are in tier two and we had fans for a game or two, I did feel it should be a level-playing field for fans. We have seen and felt the backing they give you and what it does to the game.

“I also think, and I’m not telling the Government what to do, we can really control 2,000 fans coming into a stadium. It’s unfortunate to say the least.

“We are making up as we go along and that’s not to be critical, it’s just a fact. We have never been in this situation before. Clubs are showing they can control it and I would like to think there could be something done to get that 2,000 number in, but that goes above my station.”

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