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Fans Return to English Football Grounds as Lockdown Restrictions Eased

Hundreds of soccer fans watched Northampton Town play Doncaster Rovers at the PTS Academy Stadium in Northampton, England, on December 5 after a monthlong lockdown was eased across the country.

Video from fan Graeme Scott shows supporters chanting as players entered the field. “Nothing like being in the stadium to watch a game of football,” he wrote in a caption. “Ok the result wasn’t what we wanted but wasn’t it great to be back?”

The first match since early March saw 1,164 people in attendance, which met the limit permitted for outdoor gatherings under Tier Two COVID-19 restrictions, according to the UK government. Credit: Graeme Scott via Storyful