Premier League is set to welcome fans back to the stadiums for the season’s final two rounds of fixtures starting May 17, as the UK government announced easing lockdown restrictions on Monday. As per the government’s roadmap, small stadiums can host up to 4,000 people while large stadiums can host up to 25% or 10,000 people, whichever is lower. “The Premier League has today confirmed that the final two Match weeks of the 2020/21 season will be limited to home fans, subject to the Government easing lockdown restrictions in the United Kingdom,” the Premier League recently said in a statement.
No away fans allowed
As Premier League is set to welcome fans, clubs can only host home fans in the stadium. No away fans will be allowed, as per the government’s roadmap. Following which, Premier League has altered its fixture schedule to make sure that all 20 teams get to host at least one home game for their crowd.
“Fans presence will ensure a fantastic finale”: Premier League Chief Executive
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters opened up on fan presence back in the stadiums. He spoke that the fans have been hugely missed and Premier League hasn’t been the same without them this season. “Their presence will ensure a fantastic finale to the end of our season,” Richard Masters mentioned.
Football matches in England took place behind closed doors since June, apart from a small window late last year when limited amount of people were allowed before a massive resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country.