Saracens to allow fans in for Clermont clash


Saracens’ rearranged Champions Cup clash with Clermont Auvergne will no longer be played behind closed doors after the hosts confirmed all tickets for the fixture remained valid.

The game at Allianz Park was originally scheduled for Sunday but “adverse weather conditions” around the stadium saw the it called off, and rescheduled for Monday at 5.30 p.m.

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) — which runs the Champions Cup — had originally announced the game would be played with no spectators in attendance.

However, having assessed stadium facilities overnight Saracens confirmed Monday morning that it was now safe for fans to attend the game.

“We look forward to seeing as many of you here as possible,” Saracens chairman Nigel Wray said in a statement.

“We will do what we can to not be beaten by the adverse conditions put in front of us, both on and off the pitch — it’s the British Way, it’s the Saracens Way. Real supporters with real tickets will always be welcome.”

The clash, pitting the top two sides in Pool 2 against each other, is a repeat of last year’s final, which saw Saracens triumph 28-17 at Murrayfield to retain their European crown.

Saracens have advised all fans wishing to attend the match to check its website and social media channels should the situation change once more.

The Press Association contributed to this report.