Premier League statement delivers huge update for Newcastle United fans
Newcastle United fans will NOT be allowed into the final game of the season at Craven Cottage.
The Premier League has been drawing up plans for the safe return of a limited number of supporters for the final two rounds of matches following more than a year of behind-closed-doors football due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the Premier League, following talks with clubs, has revealed that the matches will only be open to home fans “due to varying operational challenges”.
Newcastle will be allowed to host 10,000 fans for the home game against Sheffield United, while the fixture away to Fulham on May 23 may only be played in front of 2,000 supporters due to the redevelopment of Craven Cottage.
The Premier League hopes to have full stadiums, including away fans, from the start of next season.
A statement read: “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," the statement added.