Sheffield United fans may be able to cheer their side on at Newcastle United away after Premier League chief's letter to clubs - here's how, and how many
Up to 500 Sheffield United fans may yet be allowed into St. James’ Park to see their side face Newcastle next month after Richard Masters, the Premier League’s chief executive, wrote to all 20 clubs asking for their views on the idea.
Clubs including United have been preparing for the possibility of welcoming up to 10,00 fans back for one of their last two games of the current season at home. United are at home to Burnley on the final day.
But the possibility has now been raised of away fans being allowed into the other, up to a maximum of 500.
The Times reports that Masters’ letter to clubs reads: “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.
“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.”
Wembley welcomed 8,000 fans to the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Spurs last weekend as a test event, while the snooker World Championship in Sheffield has also been used as a pilot in the hope of welcoming fans back to major sporting events after over a year away, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.