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'Welcome home': Premier League's soul is back as fans return

Britain Soccer Premier League
Posted at 7:59 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-05 19:59:13-05

LONDON (AP) — Two thousand West Ham fans made up the first crowd at an English Premier League game for the visit of Manchester United.

Supporters have been shut out of soccer stadiums since March when the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 61,000 in Britain forced unprecedented restrictions.

West Ham lost 3-1 to United.

Only half of the Premier League’s stadiums are allowed fans.

They are mainly in London, where Chelsea also had a couple of thousand watching Saturday’s game against Leeds.

The other 10 teams are in cities that remain subject to the toughest coronavirus restrictions.