Premier League clubs are expected to vote on whether to allow fans back for the final day of the season, following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday.
The UK Prime Minister laid out his ‘roadmap’ for the easing of lockdown restrictions over the next few months, with it looking like May 17 could be the date at which sporting venues are able to welcome back the public, if all goes to plan.
In certain outdoor seated venues, up to 10,000 supporters will be able to attend, giving hope of a grandstand finish to the Premier league season, as well as the prospect of fans at the European Championships, which take place this summer.
With the top-flight season set to end on 23 May, there are suggestions that crowds could be allowed back in for the last day of the campaign, with Premier League clubs set to vote on the matter in the near future, according to the Guardian.
While a handful of clubs saw up to 2,000 supporters return for a brief period before Christmas, the majority of teams in the league have played without supporters since last March and would likely welcome the prospect of fans in the stands once again.
That being said, there are concerns that having supporters back in just for the final day could be an unfair advantage for those sides who will be playing at home, with there likely to be a lot at stake at both the top and bottom of the table.
Struggling Fulham are set to host Newcastle in what could be a crucial relegation decider, while Tottenham are due to play Aston Villa at Villa Park in a game that could potentially determine who secures European qualification.
It’ll thus be left to the top-flight sides themselves to decide how to proceed, with 14 of the 20 teams needing to agree to the return of supporters in order for it to go ahead.
The report also suggests that there is talk of pilot games in April with up to 4,000 fans in stadiums, while it is hoped the the Carabao Cup final, due to be played on 25 April, could also be test event.
With the FA Cup final due to be played on 15 May, there is also a desire for fans be involved as another tester event, with the plan for these pilot events to prove that crowds can be managed safely ahead of Euro 2020 this summer, which is due to see some games take place at Wembley.