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Why Fulham vs Newcastle might aide fans’ return to stadia before May 17

Why Fulham vs Newcastle might aide fans’ return to stadia before May 17

Fan return to stadiums

With the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine having had a significant impact on the pandemic in the UK, it is now within the realms of reality that fans could once again soon return to stadiums, possibly before the end of the current campaign.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed his road map out of lockdown for the nation, and this included the reintroduction of fans to stadia around England.

Under the current parameters, fans could return 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.

Why Fulham vs Newcastle might aide fans’ return to stadia before May 17

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal shows appreciation to the fans as he walks out prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“The turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate,” said Johnson

The financial support which fans provide to clubs through ticket sales has accounted for a large proportion of income lost throughout the pandemic, with a return to grounds as soon as possible a necessity.

Fulham vs Newcastle implications

There are, though, issues which have arisen in the wake of news breaking regarding the return of supporters.

The final game of the season between Fulham and Newcastle could be a match which decides the respective top-flight futures of both sides. As such, if fans are in attendance, it could represent an unfair advantage for the Craven Cottage club.

Why Fulham vs Newcastle might aide fans’ return to stadia before May 17

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth scores a penalty for his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and AFC Bournemouth at Craven Cottage on October 27, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Fans did return in some capacity in the period between the second and third lockdowns. Little was mentioned then regarding any possible unfair advantage, but with the number in attendance set to be increased to 10,000 supporters – or 25% of the stadium’s capacity (whichever is smaller) – this could have an exponential boost on player mentality.

The Times reports that meetings are taking place between clubs in an attempt to find solutions to these issues. This includes discussion surrounding proposals centering on 4,000 supporters returning to grounds in mid-April. This would allow for a greater spread of support across the back end of the season across the UK.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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