No Away Supporters At Final Premier League Games Confirmed
Wednesday, 5th May 2021 13:07
With supporters set to return to the stadiums in the Premier League for the final two games of the season it had been rumoured that there would be some away supporters permitted, but it has now been confirmed this will not be the case.
Saints supporters had been hoping for a day trip to West Ham United on the final day of the season, but it has now been confirmed that this will now not be happening due to logistical problems with the pandemic.
In truth it does make sense in that having mass transit movement from one part of the country to another is something that could ignite Covid 19 again in certain areas, so for a couple of games it is just not worth the risk.
But the Premier League have confirmed that home supporters will be back in stadiums during the final two game weeks of the season.
In a statement, the Premier League said:
"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."
That means that Saints fans will be allowed to watch the final home game of the season, but no date has yet been confirmed for Saints' fixture with Leeds United, but it will take place in midweek on either May 18th or 19th.
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