The Premier League has now confirmed that a limited number of supporters will be able to return to stadiums for the final two rounds of the 2020/21 season.
The PL revealed the news in a statement on Twitter that reads: “The #PL 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.”
The #PL 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
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 5, 2021
Last week the Premier League confirmed fixtures have been rescheduled to allow each club to host one home match with home supporters before the end of the season.
“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 statement reads.
“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.”
The PL added that following talks with clubs, it was agreed that matches would not permit the return of away fans due to “varying operational challenges across the League and the need to deliver a consistent approach”.
The statement concludes: “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.”