Leeds United have been handed a huge boost with the news that away fans could be allowed in stadiums for the final two fixtures of the Premier League season.
The initials proposals had centred around granting each Premier League club a 25% capacity with a maximum of 10,000 fans, all of which were to be home supporters, for the last two rounds of the current campaign.
But with Covid cases continuing to drop plans are now being drawn up to allow five per cent, up to 500 in number, to be away supporters.
The Times published an excerpt of a letter sent by Premier League chief executive Richard Masters to the 20 member clubs.
It read: “[The] government has informed us that, as Covid-19 indicators continue to improve, it is planning to relax the ‘no away fans’ stipulation from the stage five guidance, governing the playing of our final match rounds in season 2020-21.
“The return of fans and ultimately full stadiums remains our primary goal; therefore our view is that we must accept the opportunity to host as wide a range of supporters as possible.
“The executive proposes an away-ticket allocation of 5 per cent of available capacity (a maximum of 500 away fans) at round 37 and 38 matches, respecting the £30 away-ticket price cap.”
It might only be baby steps with 500 away fans but it’s more than the zero we were expecting for the rest of the season.
This news will give some of our most ardent supporters a big boost after so long without being able to follow their team up and down the country.
For us it would be a long trip down to Southampton as they are our penultimate Premier League fixture of the season on May 19, before we welcome West Brom to Elland Road four days later.
With a capacity of 32,384 at St Mary’s Stadium Leeds would be able to take the maximum 500 fans there. [Premier League website]
We could even be fighting for Europe by the time that game swings around if we keep up our impressive form and results go our way.
How great it would be for some of our fans to witness that opportunity and finally get to taste a Premier League away day again after 16 seasons out of the top-flight.
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