The Premier League clubs allowed fans back in their stadium from next week hold a “huge advantage” over the likes of Leeds United.
That is according to former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the prospect of fans being allowed to return to stadiums of club’s in tier 2 areas.
The government’s revised tier system will see football fans return to Premier League stadia for the first time since March.
Football League clubs in areas under tier 2 restrictions will be allowed to have 4,000 fans attend their matches but clubs in tier 3 areas will have to wait.
It means fans will be allowed at all Premier League clubs bar Leeds, Aston Villa, Burnley, Leicester, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Sheffield United, West Brom or Wolves.
When asked by Football Insider how much of an advantage this would give to London, Liverpool and south-coast-based clubs, Phillips said:
“You cannot say that it is not an advantage.
“Having your home fans in the stadium will be a big boost to the player even if it is 4,000.
“I have experienced a football ground this year with no fans and it is awful. There is nothing there.
“I was reading something daft about them trying to limit the singing and shouting. Well, all the best with trying to do that. What are we trying to do if we let 4,000 in but they have to be quiet?
“For a home team to have their fans in the stadium is a huge advantage and naturally the likes of Newcastle and Leeds, to not have their fans, it is of course a disadvantage.
“It is unfair but unfortunately it is a government decision so there is nothing we can do about it.”
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