Crowds of 4,000 to be allowed into sporting events in UK next week

A maximum of 4,000 fans are to be allowed at outdoor events in the lowest-risk areas when the national lockdown in England ends on December 2.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make an announcement this afternoon on the return of crowds.

There will be no crowds allowed at sport in the highest-risk areas under the new Covid-19 restrictions for England from December 2.

Up to 2,000 fans will be allowed in tier two areas.

However, no fans will be allowed in areas under tier three.

The measures are set to be part of the new Covid-19 restrictions in England.

Elite sport has continued behind closed doors during England's four-week lockdown.

Grassroots and amateur sport has been halted since 5 November.