Up to 500 away fans are expected to return to the Premier League stadiums for the last two games of the season

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Premier League clubs have been told to prepare for up to 500 away fans for the last two games this season, when there will be a maximum of 10,000 supporters in attendance.

Sportsmail understands that Public Health England signed off on Thursday the principle of absent fans from games.

It marks a victory for the Premier League, which has worked hard to overcome skepticism among officials about the return of away supporters.

According to the government’s roadmap to end the lockdown, clubs are already preparing to allow up to 10,000 fans to return to stadiums – or 25 percent of capacity – which is ever lower from May 17.

That figure now includes a maximum of 500 out fans.

Out fans will return to the Premier League this season with up to 500 attendees

The Premier League plans to postpone the penultimate round of play to allow supporters to attend, so that each club can play one home game for its own fans.

As a result, the 37th round of play will now be played on May 18-19, the day after the third phase of the government’s covid roadmap is scheduled. And the final 38th round will take place on Sunday, May 23.

However, those plans do not include a provision for away fans. Now Premier League CEO Richard Masters has written to the clubs to let them know that the government is willing to relax the no-fan clause in the current guidelines.

The tests with the return of fans, including the Carabao Cup final, at Wembley have gone well

The tests with the return of fans, including the Carabao Cup final, at Wembley have gone well

Premier League rules require clubs to grant out fans access to 10 percent of stadium capacity, up to a maximum of 3,000.

However, the top flight has suggested reducing that requirement to five percent to encourage local security authorities to approve the move.

Before each match, a Safety Advisory Group (SAG), made up of representatives from the club, area emergency services and the city council, must approve the plans for the match, including the attendance of absent supporters.

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

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

A source close to the negotiations about absent fans told it Sportsmail that in reality the number of absent supporters attending matches across the country would be “patchy” as SAGs are likely to have different views in different areas.

In the letter, Masters has been sent to the clubs, which has been seen by The times, he says: “The return of fans and eventually full stadiums remains our primary goal, so it is our opinion that we should take the opportunity to host the widest range of supporters possible.

Fans have had limited opportunities to attend matches for over a year - at home or on the go

Fans have had limited opportunities to attend matches for over a year – at home or on the go

If so, the executive proposes allocating 5 percent of the available capacity (maximum 500 away fans) to rounds 37 and 38 matches, subject to the £ 30 price cap for away tickets.

“This policy is designed to accommodate road supporters, maximize the number of home fans, and reduce the likelihood of SAG resistance,” the letter says. ‘

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

Fan groups have welcomed the latest development following successful tests, including the FA Cup semi-final in front of a 4,000 audience and the Carabao Cup final, which was played with an audience of 8,000, including Manchester City fans and Tottenham. Hotspur.

“Out fans are essential to the atmosphere at football matches,” said Kevin Miles, CEO of the Football Supporters’ Association. “And fans crave forays during lockdown.”

The government has previously indicated that the safety of fans attending Premier League games will be based on social distancing guidelines.

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