Away fans are NOT allowed to attend the last two games of the Premier League season after clubs DECLINE the opportunity to allow 500 due to fear of social distance and unnecessary travel
- The last two games of the Premier League season can accommodate up to 10,000 fans
- Premier League got government approval to allow absent fans
- However, some clubs have raised concerns and Top Flight has now been reconsidered
Away fans will not be allowed to attend the last two Premier League games of the season after top bosses have been forced to rethink their plans.
According to the government’s roadmap to end the lockdown, up to 10,000 fans, or a quarter of a stadium’s capacity – whichever is lower – is expected to attend matches after May 17.
The Premier League has already agreed to reschedule the penultimate round so that each club can have fans for the last two games.
The tests with the return of fans, including the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, have gone well
Top officials would have liked a percentage of the tickets to be given to the visiting parties.
But like Sportsmail reported last month that they faced strong opposition from clubs that did not consider it worthwhile for a variety of reasons.
Initially, the top flight accepted their concerns, but last week CEO Richard Masters wrote to clubs that 500 out fans could be a realistic target.
Fans have been banned from the grounds for most of the season, with only a few games allowing a limited number in December before the final post-Christmas lockdown kicked in
However, a combination of opposition from local security advisory groups, police issues and concerns about the impact on the ability to accommodate home supporters remained.
Some clubs are struggling to get anywhere near 10,000, with Fulham only expecting there to be 2,000 seats for their final day clash with Newcastle at Craven Cottage, where a new booth is under construction.
Masters again asked clubs for feedback, but their reaction remained against the proposal, which has now been dropped.
Fans have had limited opportunities to attend matches for over a year – at home or on the go
In a statement released today, the Premier League said: “ After consulting with clubs, it was agreed that matches would not be open to away supporters due to the various operational challenges in the league and the need to provide a consistent approach while providing the opportunity the rise of home fans.
‘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 to safely welcome supporters back to their stadiums.
“ Fans have been sorely missed at Premier League matches and this is an important step towards full stadiums, including away fans, from the start of the 2021/22 season.
The penultimate round of Premier League games, game round 37, has been postponed and will now be played on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 May. The last games of the season start as scheduled on Sunday, May 23 at 4 PM.