Premier League clubs to allow 500 away fans for final two games of the season

Premier League clubs will be permitted to host up to 500 away fans at their stadiums for the final two rounds of fixtures this season.

The change comes as coronavirus restrictions continue to relax across the United Kingdom, with the next major milestone set for mid-May.

Under the government's roadmap out of lockdown, stadiums are due to open their doors to fans from 17 May at 25 per cent capacity or with a maximum attendance of 10,000.

It was originally proposed that no away fans would be part of this number, but Premier League chiefs held talks with government officials to reassess this last month.

A fresh decision has been reached which will allow 500 fans – five per cent of the maximum capacity – to attend the final two rounds of fixtures, as first reported by The Times .

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has written to all 20 top-flight clubs to inform them of the verdict and to hear their responses.

"Government has informed us that, as Covid-19 indicators continue to improve, it is planning to relax the ‘no away fans’ stipulation from the Stage Five Guidance, governing the playing of our final match rounds in season 2020-21," wrote Masters.

"The return of fans and ultimately full stadiums remains our primary goal, therefore our view is that we must accept the opportunity to host as wide a range of supporters as possible.

"That being the case, the Executive proposes an away ticket allocation of 5 per cent of available capacity (a maximum of 500 away fans) at round 37 and 38 matches, respecting the £30 away ticket price cap."

The penultimate round of fixtures includes a potential Champions League spot-decider between Leicester City and Chelsea, while Fulham and Newcastle face off on the final day in a match which could decide which side is relegated.

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