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Premier League fans to return as hopes raise for big December fixtures like Manchester derby

Premier League fans will be keeping a close eye on developments this week after Boris Johnson confirmed that supporters will be able to return to matches from December 2 onwards.

The announcement will be a huge boost for football supporters who have been unable to attend live matches since the coronavirus began to wreak havoc all over the globe back in March.

The new rules will see up to 4,000 spectators allowed to attend outdoor sports events in lowest-risk tier one areas of England when a month-long national lockdown is lifted on December 2.

As part of new COVID-19 restrictions, a total of 2,000 fans will be allowed to attend sporting events in tier two areas but none can do so in tier three areas.

Brighton and Hove Albion welcomes fans back briefly during a pre-season clash in August
(Image: PA)

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And there are some mouthwatering fixtures that fans will potentially be able to attend next month, depending on the tiers.

Among the big clashes is the crunch Manchester derby between City and United on December 12, while the Red Devils clash with long-term rivals Leeds the following weekend.

There’s also a blockbuster Boxing Day schedule, with Arsenal’s crunch clash with Chelsea one of the standout fixtures.

Man Utd and their rivals have been playing behind closed doors due to the coronavirus crisis
(Image: Manchester United via Getty Images)

Members of Parliament are set to cast a vote on plans before they are confirmed and the government will announce on Thursday which areas will go into which tier.

Premier League matches have continued behind closed doors during the lockdown announced on November 1.

Supporters have not been allowed into sporting venues since the first lockdown was announced in March, barring a few exceptions.

Boris Johnson outlined his plans to bring England out of lockdown
(Image: VICKIE FLORES/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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