Roy Hodgson feels excited about the return of fans but expresses worry with ticket sales
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Roy Hodgson feels excited about the return of fans but expresses worry with ticket sales

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is ecstatic to have fans back at the stadiums as of next month but feels like clubs will struggle with the sale of tickets.

The United Kingdom prime minister Boris Johnson announced that located in tier 1 areas of England will be allowed to have fans back in the but in the region of 4,000 while tier 2 areas will be permitted 2,000 people but he affirmed that tier 3 areas will remain closed during that time.

will be allowed to hold up to 2,000 people, but those in tier 3 areas will remain closed to the public.

"It's very positive," Hodgson told Sky Sports when asked his thought regarding the return of fans.

"It's going to be very tough for the secretaries of the clubs, working out how they're going to allocate the tickets.

"There isn't going to be enormous numbers back in at the start, but there will be enormous numbers wanting to come back.

"It's still a very positive step and I'm very grateful we are moving in that direction. Hopefully, it's the first step in getting the fans back in the stadiums for real and in the numbers that usually attend the games."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche also expressed his excitement and said: "It would be great if they can, you know it's a starting point.

"With the idea of vaccinations and the country recovering, of course, if we can get fans in the stadiums that would be great for all. Even if it is limited numbers, it just brings back that feel and connection to the team and the club.

"Hopefully it will build quickly off the back of that. We've made this place (Turf Moor) a really tough place to come and the fans have been a big part of that.

"So of course we've missed our fans and if they can come back in, that would be brilliant."

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