What to expect in the world of football in 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world as well as the football world. Since the first lockdown in March, football in Europe is held behind closed doors. In this article, we discuss the present situation of world football. We also discuss what fans should expect in the world of football in 2021.
Supporters in some areas of England will be allowed to return to football stadiums next month. This is positive news for fans with regard to football in 2021.
Ministers had planned for the return of fans from October 1. But they scrapped the idea due to a rise in Covid cases across England.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the government’s latest set of measures designed to limit the spread of Covid-19 on Monday. It offers a look at what the plan will be for football supporters going forward.
Stadiums in areas placed in tier 1 will be permitted to hold 4,000 socially distanced fans or half of their maximum capacity, whichever is fewer.
The venues listed in areas placed in tier 2 will be able to hold 2,000 socially distanced fans or half of their maximum capacity, whichever is fewer. And stadiums in areas placed in tier 3 will have to continue to hold events behind closed doors.
Both Italy and Spain have long abandoned their plans to allow fan attendance. The two countries recorded their highest daily death tolls of the second wave.
What should fans expect?
Premier League clubs including Villa, Albion and Wolves have since been told that fans are unlikely to return until March 2021 at the earliest, although Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said the ban will be kept under review.
Club officials and supporters have pointed out that limited numbers of fans have been allowed into stadiums in countries including France and Germany.
Euro 2020 in 2021
The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic led to the postponement of Euro 2020 to June 2021. The hosts for this tournament are 12 different countries across the continent.
But in this COVID-19 pandemic, it is an issue to rethink. It will be impossible to host the competition in its current format with everyone’s safety, keeping in mind. Also, the UK is willing to take the responsibility to host the tournament. Hence, it will be interesting to see what decisions UEFA will take.
All the fans will have to go through a COVID-19 test before entering the stadium. It will help the authority to allow maximum attendance with relative safety.