Sports fans back in stadiums for summer as 10,000 allowed for Euros at Wembley

Boris Johnson has confirmed football fans will be able to return to stadiums from May 17 at the earliest.

Up to 10,000 people or a quarter of the capacity, whichever is smaller, will be allowed in the largest venues, like Wembley.

But smaller stadiums will be limited to either 4,000 people or half of their capacity, whichever is the lower number.

It means fans could return for the final day of the Premier League on May 23.

Restrictions are hoping to be further lifted on June 21 – which will impact this summer's Euro 2020 tournament, delayed by 12 months.

Wembley is set to host seven matches at the tournament, including all three of England's group games, a last-16 tie, both semi-finals and the final.

Up to 10,000 people are set to attend England's first two Euro 2020 group fixtures against Croatia and Scotland on June 13 and June 18 respectively.

But larger crowds could be permitted for the third match against the Czech Republic on June 22, and there are hopes the final on July 11 could be played in front of a capacity crowd at the national stadium.

The FA said on the statement: "The FA is absolutely delighted that fans will be allowed back soon. The game is simply not the same without them and we look forward to the return of full stadia as soon as it is safe and possible."

The lifting of restrictions are set to come too soon for the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham on April 25, and the FA Cup final on May 15.

But fans could be in attendance for the EFL Playoff finals for the Championship and Leagues One and Two, set to take place on May 29-31.

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