The Premier League have today released a statement on the return of the fans over the final two games of the 2020/21 season.
They confirm that fans will be able to attend the final few rounds of the season (gameweek 37 and 38), but confirm this will be restricted to home fans only.
This means up to 10,000 Newcastle fans WILL be able to return for our penultimate game of the season against Sheffield United – set to take place on the 18th or 19th of Ma – however no away supporters will be allowed in for our final game of 2020/21 at Fulham on Sunday, 23rd May.
Read the Premier League’s statement in full below:
‘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.’
So, it’s good news for the Sheffield United game at St James’ Park, but bad news for anyone hoping to travel down to Craven Cottage in a few weekend’s time.