Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard wants all Premier League clubs to be competing on a “level playing field” when it comes to having supporters in stadiums and believes all have shown they can safely host 2,000 fans.
Despite initially being placed in tier two following the end of the UK’s second coronavirus lockdown, London could be moved into the strictest level of restrictions this week following a sharp rise in cases.
Chelsea have been one of 10 top-flight clubs to welcome a limited number of fans back, but will lose that right if the capital is placed in tier three.
When the tier system was announced last month, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, whose team have been unable to have supporters at Elland Road, said it was unfair to punish those in tier three.
Lampard believes having fans back does make a difference and has called on the Government to make Premier League stadiums exempt from the current crowd restrictions.
Chelsea fans will be unable to attend matches if London is moved into tier three
Asked if it would be tough to adjust to playing behind closed doors once more, Lampard said: “If it comes in, I think it will be. I’m slightly disappointed, even though we’re in tier two and we’ve had fans in already, I did feel as though it should have been a level playing field.
“We’ve seen already the backing that they give you and what it does for the game.
“I’m not telling the Government what to do, but I do think we can control 2,000 fans coming in from that tier. It’s unfortunate to say the least.