Premier League Official Statement – Details of fans return to grounds for final two games
The Premier League have released an official statement on Wednesday, with an update on the return of the fans in the final matches of this season.
The Premier League confirming that so long as the virus situation and Government rules allow, fans will be in attendance at matches in the 37th and 38th rounds of Premier League matches.
However, no away fans are going to be allowed this season.
So for Newcastle fans, nobody will allowed to be inside Craven Cottage on Sunday 23 May for the final match against Fulham.
However, Newcastle fans will be allowed to be inside St James Park when Sheffield United visit, news still awaited on whether that will be played on Tuesday 18 May or Wednesday 19 May.
Up to 10,000 Newcastle supporters will be allowed for that Sheffield United match as per Government and Premier League rules.
Premier League Official Statement – Wednesday 5 May 2021:
‘The Premier League has today confirmed that the final two Matchweeks of the 2020/21 season will be limited to home fans, subject to the Government easing lockdown restrictions in the United Kingdom.
Supporters are expected to be able to return to stadiums from 17 May in a reduced capacity, pending the final Government decision on planned Step 3 conditions, which will be announced no later than 10 May.
The Premier League last week confirmed fixtures have been rescheduled to provide an opportunity for each club to host one home match with supporters before the end of the season.
Matchweek 37 will now be played on 18-19 May, with the final matches of the season kicking off at 16:00 BST on Sunday 23 May as planned.
Following consultation with clubs, it was agreed matches would not be open to away supporters due to varying operational challenges across the League and the need to deliver a consistent approach, while maximising the opportunity for home-fan attendance.
The safety and security of supporters is of paramount importance. Clubs have a proven track record of providing COVID-safe environments and have operational plans in place ready to safely welcome supporters back to their stadiums.
Fans have been greatly missed at Premier League matches and this marks a key step towards full stadiums, including away fans, from the start of the 2021/22 season.’
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