The Premier League is planning to shift fixtures in gameweeks 36 and 37 to ensure that all clubs can welcome fans back for one Premier League game.
Fans can come back into stadiums from May 17, according to government guidelines.
That would have meant just the final gameweek would have seen fans come back in, with Leeds hosting West Brom at Elland Road.
The new plans would see fans able to come back for the game against Southampton on the south coast.
The Athletic reported the news saying, “The Athletic understands that the Premier League is planning to push the 36th round of fixtures — scheduled for midweek kick-offs on May 11 and 12 — back to the weekend originally reserved for the 37th round of fixtures, on May 15 and 16.
“The 37th round of fixtures would then be pushed back to the following midweek, on May 18 and 19. This would mean fans could attend.
“The 38th and final round of fixtures would still be played on Sunday May 23.”
This hasn’t been ratified yet and would need agreement in a vote from Premier League sides.
Level playing field
This won’t make a huge difference for Leeds, except that the game against Southampton would be the first played with fans back this season.
However, we do think it makes for a much more level playing field.
It would mean all clubs get to host one game with fans, which seems fair to us.
We’re likely to be playing football for fun at that point, with safety almost guaranteed already. We doubt that Leeds will be playing for a European place.
We still feel very sorry for West Brom, who might well be playing for their lives in front of rabid Leeds fans on the last day of the season.
That’s not a task we’d wish on anyone.
However, at least their fans (at least some of them) will get to see at least one game in the Premier League.
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