Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham United have been handed major boosts in their respective European campaigns with UEFA set to announce the return of away fans to games.
So far, supporters have not been permitted to travel to away fixtures, with last season’s UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals being the first games where fans were permitted inside the stadium.
As per Sky Sports, the decision had been made over allowing fans to travel, although matches will still be subjected to national and local government restrictions.
UEFA announced their decision later in the day via an official statement. It read: “Considering the different rules and regulations applicable across the UEFA member association territories, it was decided to no longer apply the MHHRRS, but to leave any decision with regards to spectators to the relevant competent authorities. Therefore, the relevant section referring to the admission of spectators in the UEFA Return to Play Protocol has been adapted accordingly.
“Moreover, in line with the adaptations to the Protocol, the exchange of tickets for the fans of visiting teams is no longer forbidden. Therefore, standard practices will be reinstated, i.e. 5% of the total allowed stadium capacity will be reserved to fans of the away team, subject to any decision in this respect falling under the responsibility of the relevant competent authorities.”
The news will be a huge boost to supporters of Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham United, who are set to commence their European ventures later this month.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues will be aiming to defend their Champions League crown and have been placed in a group alongside Juventus, Malmo and Zenit St Petersburg.
West Ham United, meanwhile, will be looking to make a statement in European competition in the Europa League having finished sixth in the Premier League this season. They take on Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Vienna and Genk in Group H.
Finally, Tottenham fans will be able to experience the Europa Conference League for the first time this season, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s men entering the inaugural edition of the tournament after overcoming Pacos de Ferreira in a two-legged playoff.
They have been drawn in a group with Rennes, Vitesse Arnheim and Mura.
Specific attendance allowances for all games are yet to be released, whilst an official confirmation on the decision from UEFA is expected to be formalised soon.
Source by Football London