Newcastle boss Steve Bruce bemused by restrictions and wants 20,000 fans back

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has been left bemused by the restrictions placed on Premier League clubs as some look to welcome back fans.

Clubs located in Tier 1 or Tier 2 can have supporters back in their grounds from next weekend, though at a limited capacity of just 4,000 or 2,000 respectively.

The Government’s capacity rulings are regardless of stadium size when it comes to the Premier League.

Newcastle will not be allowed fans as the city has been placed under Tier 3 restrictions, though Bruce has questioned why more would not be allowed given size of stadiums.

When asked about return of fans, Bruce said: "Why only 2,000 or 4,000 when we have the capacities to house 20,000?

"We all know how difficult life is for everybody at the moment so it's a step in the right direction.

“For the smaller clubs in particular, 4,000 or 2,000 is welcome relief. Small numbers but it's a step in the right direction.

“I’m all for smaller clubs getting some income, but at St James' it's neither here nor there with the numbers we can have.”

Newcastle’s home matches will remain behind closed doors with the Tier system set to be re-evaluated on December 16.

  • Every Premier League club's tier and how many fans they can have from next week

A Premier League statement earlier in the week read: “Fans have been greatly missed at Premier League matches and therefore we welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today regarding the return of supporters for the first time since March, albeit at small numbers.

“Our ambition remains to work with Government to increase attendance to more substantial levels. Until this can be done, many fans will be unable to attend games and our clubs will continue to operate matches at a financial loss.

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“Our priority continues to be the agreement of a roadmap, with DCMS and the Sports Technology and Innovation Group, for pilot events that can help our clubs quickly scale up to larger capacities in line with the Sports Ground Safety Authority’s COVID-secure guidelines and beyond.

“Premier League clubs have a proven track record of achieving high-biosecurity standards and we believe we can play a significant role in the Government’s rapid turnaround testing initiative.

“We look forward to working with Government on their next steps.”

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