sport news Three Championship games will host 1,000 fans each this weekend

BREAKING NEWS: Crowds to return to football - 10 matches will host 1,000 fans each this weekend with Luton, Norwich and Middlesbrough among teams allowed to open doors despite the nationwide Rule of Six crackdown 10 EFL matches have been selected as pilot events this weekend 1,000 spectators will be admitted at each fixture as crowds return to games It will be the first time since March that fans have been allowed at EFL fixtures Pilot events are continuing despite the Government's latest restrictions Gatherings in groups of over six have been banned to combat rising infections 

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 13:10 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 13:19 BST, 16 September 2020

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Ten football matches across England will allow 1,000 fans in this weekend - despite coronavirus lockdown measures increasing across the country.

The English Football League have announced 10 teams, including three in the second-tier Championship at Norwich, Middlesbrough and Luton, have permission to host pilot events for the return of fans.

The news comes as part of the government's plans to allow increasing numbers of spectators into the return of sports' crowds - although it appears to be at odds with the country-wide crackdown on the 'rule of six'.

Carrow Road in Norwich is one of 10 EFL venues that will host pilot events this Saturday in which a maximum of 1,000 spectators will be admitted

Carrow Road in Norwich is one of 10 EFL venues that will host pilot events this Saturday in which a maximum of 1,000 spectators will be admitted

The latest pilot events follow a successful trial at Cambridge's Abbey Stadium last week

The latest pilot events follow a successful trial at Cambridge's Abbey Stadium last week

Three games have been picked in the Sky Bet Championship - Luton Town vs Derby County at Kenilworth Road, Norwich City vs Preston North End at Carrow Road and Middlesbrough vs Bournemouth at the Riverside Stadium.

The League One matches at Charlton, Blackpool, Shrewsbury Town and Hull City, plus the League Two games at Forest Green Rovers, Carlisle

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