When the long-awaited return of fans starts this month, the Premier League has agreed not to invite away fans into matches. Up to 10,000 supporters are scheduled to be able to attend matches beginning on May 17, assuming that Step 3 of the government’s proposed easing goes as planned.
The league has announced that the final two matchdays of the season will be postponed and that each team will play one game, but only home fans will be allowed to attend.
The 37th game is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18th, and Wednesday, May 19th, with the finals on Sunday, May 23rd at 4 pm.
“Following discussions with teams, it was decided that matches would not be available to away fans. Due to differing organizational difficulties across the league. The need to provide a cohesive strategy whilst maximizing the capacity for home-fan attendance,” the league said in a statement.
Including away fans in socially distant live activities creates significantly more logistical problems for teams. Especially in terms of stewarding in and around the arena, but also in terms of transportation.
The government indicating that most Covid interventions will be phased out by the summer. Only if the recent performance of the vaccine campaign continues. There is widespread hope that a regular match-day environment will be likely by the following season in August.
“Fans have been sorely missing at Premier League matches. This is a significant move toward full stadiums. Including away fans, from the start of the 2021-22 season,” the league said.
After a quick foray into doing it alone, the league has announced that it will once again align the transfer window. This will happen with the rest of Europe. Clubs had to finish their company before the first game of the season last summer.
This summer, the window will be open for 12 weeks beginning on June 9. It closes at the same time as the rest of the continent on August 31 at 11 p.m. BST. The 2021-22 season will begin on August 14, 2021.