Now drops from 100 to 0 Newcastle United fans to be allowed at Fulham game – Report
Only 18 days until the Premier League season ends on 23 May 2021 and Newcastle United fans still awaiting final official confirmation on how the last two rounds of fixtures are going to work, when it comes to supporters being allowed into those matches.
After the March 2021 meeting of the 20 Premier League clubs, it was revealed that the plan was for there to be both home and away fans allowed into the final two Premier League games of the season.
For Newcastle United fans that means the home match with Sheffield United at St James Park on either Tuesday 18 May or Wednesday 19 May (moved from Saturday 15 May so as to be after the 17 May planned Government change to allow some spectators to attend outside sports events), as well as away at Craven Cottage when NUFC face Fulham on Sunday 23 May.
The Government had indeed given the go ahead, as from 17 May, for 25% of capacity up to a maximum of 10,000 supporters to attend, with that also to include some away fans. The Premier League last week writing to clubs for their views, with the PL plan outlined in a letter from Richard Masters letter that 5% of that capacity should be away supporters, up to a maximum of 500.
For Newcastle United, that would mean the final home game against Sheffield United seeing 9,500 NUFC fans allowed and 500 Blades supporters.
Earlier today though, we brought you an update from The Mail, reporting that the actual number of Newcastle fans could be as low as 100 when it comes to how many away supporters may be able to be inside Craven Cottage on that final day of the season. Work on the stadium, access problems and social distancing issues, meaning that Fulham are planning on only a maximum of 2,000 fans inside Craven Cottage for the Newcastle match.
However, a new exclusive from The Times on Wednesday morning appears to have given the final definitive answer when it comes to Newcastle United fans and this final match of the season at Fulham.
The Times say that their information is that there will be no Newcastle United fans whatsoever inside Craven Cottage, with the Premier League abandoning plans for the return of away fans before the end of the season.
After the Richard Masters letter last week asking for their opinion on the plan, a significant number of Premier League clubs and safety groups having expressed opposition to away fans being allowed at this point.
Looking at this positively, it should at least then mean that an extra 500 Newcastle United fans will be able to be at the Sheffield United match.
I would anticipate that with the decision now having been made on the issue of away fans, that must pave the way now for the plans to be officially announced regarding these final two matches and how it will work in terms of home fans attending the games.
With that Sheffield United match at St James Park now only 13 or 14 days away, Newcastle United fans deserve to have at least some notice if they would like to be at this game.
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