Fan return to stadiums
With the rollout of the vaccine having a significant impact on the pandemic in the UK, it is now within the realms of expectation that fans could once again soon return to stadiums, possibly before even the end of the current campaign.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed his road map for the nation out of lockdown and this included the reintroduction of fans to stadia around England.
Under the current parameters, fans could return to stadiums on the 17th of May, which would mean some could be present for the final match of the Premier League season ahead of the FA Cup final and European Championships this summer.
“The turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate,” said Johnson
The financial support fans provide to clubs through ticket sales has been a large proportion of income lost throughout the pandemic and getting fans into grounds as soon as possible will be a necessity for said clubs.
Fulham vs Newcastle implications
There are though issues which have arisen in the wake of the news breaking regarding fans returning.
The final game of the season between Fulham and Newcastle could be a match which decides the future of both sides and were fans to be available in the ground for the London club, it could present as an unfair advantage for the Craven Cottage side.
Fans did return in some capacity during the period between the second and third lockdowns. Little then was mentioned about any possible unfair advantage but with the numbers set to be increase to 10000 supporters or 25% of the stadium’s capacity (whichever is smaller), this could have an exponentially bigger boost on player mentality.
The Times reports that meetings are taking place between clubs to try and find solutions to these issues. In addition to proposals of figures of up to 4000 supporters returning during mid-April. This would allow for a greater spread of support across the back end of the season at grounds across the UK.
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