The Premier League is facing ‘opposition’ over proposals to allow away fans to return before the end of the season.
Under the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, fans will be allowed to return to stadiums in a reduced capacity – up to 10,000 fans or 25% of the capacity – from May 17, a date which falls before the final round of Premier League fixtures.
Plans have been discussed at moving the penultimate round of games to allow each side to play a home fixture with fans before the end of the campaign, ensuring integrity ahead of a crucial part of the season.
There have also been discussions on the prospect of allowing away fans to attend fixtures, though the Mail are reporting that plans have been met with ‘opposition’ amid fears over social distancing in the away end and the travelling involved.
The report says the view from the clubs was that allowing away fans to attend fixtures could prove ‘more trouble than it’s worth’, sending out the wrong message in the midst of the pandemic and raising the prospect of a football-related breakout as supporters travel the country.
There is a sense that more time is needed to prepare for the return of away supporters to stadia and Premier League sides have informed the league of their stance ahead of a final decision.