Arsenal, Chelsea & Spurs prevented from having fans at stadiums as London enters Tier 3

Arsenal fans made a brief return to the Emirates Stadium this month
Arsenal fans made a brief return to the Emirates Stadium this month (Getty)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham will be unable to welcome fans inside their stadiums as London will move up to tier three from Wednesday.

The capital has been moved into the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions due to rising infection rates.

Arsenal were the first Premier League club to welcome fans back to their stadium for their Europa League tie against Rapid Vienna on December 3.

Meanwhile, Chelsea, Tottenham, Fulham and West Ham have also been able to have 2,000 supporters inside their stadiums this month after London was initially placed in tier two after the nation’s second lockdown.

But all London-based Premier League fixtures on Wednesday evening will be behind closed doors following Monday’s announcement.

This will mean that supporters will be unable to enter stadiums to watch Arsenal vs Southampton, Fulham vs Brighton or West Ham vs Crystal Palace.

Only four Premier League clubs can have fans inside stadiums as London moves to Tier 3
Only four Premier League clubs can have fans inside stadiums as London moves to Tier 3 (Metro.co.uk)
Tottenham fans watched on as Spurs beat Arsenal in the north London derby
Tottenham fans watched on as Spurs beat Arsenal in the north London derby (Getty)
Chelsea supporters were able to watch their side beat Leeds United at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea supporters were able to watch their side beat Leeds United at Stamford Bridge (AFP via Getty)

London’s move to the highest tier means that Liverpool, Everton, Southampton and Brighton are the only four Premier League clubs who can allow fans inside the stadiums.

Speaking on Monday, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said he was in favour of fans being allowed into stadiums even if the ground is located in tier three.

Lampard also believes that Premier League teams who can still have fans inside stadiums have an unfair advantage.

‘Let’s be honest, we are making it up as we go along,’ said Lampard.

‘That’s not to sound critical, but it is the fact of never being in the position before.

Fulham fans watched on as their team drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Sunday
Fulham fans watched on as their team drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Sunday (AFP via Getty)
West Ham fans will be unable to visit the London Stadium with London now in Tier 3
West Ham fans will be unable to visit the London Stadium with London now in Tier 3 (Getty)

‘I think when you are talking about whether the clubs can control the situation then I think they have shown that so far they can.

‘So I would like to have thought there would be something that we could do to get that 2,000 number in. Again, that goes above my station so I am just saying what I think.

‘Even though we are in tier two and we have had fans in for a game already, I did think it should be a level playing field for fans with some clubs having it when some can’t.

‘I think we have felt it already on the pitch with the backing they give you and what it can do to the game. I think that should be level.

‘I also can’t tell the government what to do, but to control 2,000 fans coming into a stadium, if they come in from within that tier, or however they want to do that to keep things moving along. So it is unfortunate to say the least.’

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