Excitement mounts ahead of proposed return for Norwich City at Luton
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Luton chief executive Gary Sweet says the club are desperate to let fans into their ground for the game against Norwich City next week.
The government have confirmed some supporters will be allowed back into football grounds again when the four-week lockdown in England ends on December 2.
How many can attend will depend on the tiering system, which is due to be announced on Thursday. A maximum of 4,000 fans can attend in low-risk areas, with 2,000 in tier two but none in tier three.
“We sincerely hope Luton will be categorised as a tier 2 (or even 1) area," Sweet told Luton News. “We - that is the directors, staff and players - are all desperate to be reunited with our fans.
“Not only do we want them back because we feel we’ve missed out at times this season by not having the lift they give the team but we also need their unity and integration with the club - something that should never have been compromised.
“If Luton is unfortunate enough to fall into Category 3, you have my word that we will keep pushing the agenda, politically and practically so it isn’t long before we can open the doors again.”
Sweet says Luton are in position for s safe return should the game against City get the nod.
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“The club has always been ready to get supporters back as soon as practically possible," he said.
“Indeed, it would be disrespectful if we weren’t ready.
“We just need a couple days to put in place the practical protocols required for, what would be, a new modus operandi for all to follow.
“We think providing access to supporters to sports grounds has been long overdue.
“With a well run operation, clear communication and compliant attendees we see no reason why this couldn’t have happened at the beginning of the season, especially when our supporters are outside and keeping their distance.
“And supporters can rest assured that when those turnstiles click again you will all be welcome safe in the knowledge that it will be a safe environment."