Percentage of Burnley fans to be allowed back in for final home game against Liverpool
A number of Burnley fans will be allowed back into Turf Moor for the Clarets’ final home game of the season against Liverpool.
But, they will be unable to travel to Sheffield United for the last match of the campaign, as only home fans will be able to attend the final two rounds of Premier League fixtures, the league has announced – pending confirmation of the next step in the government’s Covid-19 roadmap.
A league statement read: “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 May 10th.
“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 May 18-19th, with the final matches of the season kicking off at 4 p.m. BST on Sunday, May 23rd 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.”
The number of fans allowed into matches will be up to 10,000, although smaller stadiums such as Turf Moor are expected to be a percentage of the capacity
In April, the second FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton saw 4,000 supporters allowed in the stands as part of a coronavirus trial – 6% of Wembley’s 90,000 capacity – while there were then 8,000 fans at Wembley to watch Manchester City take on Tottenham in the Carabao Cup Final.
Entry regulations are to be confirmed, but for the final, entry to Wembley was dependent on providing proof (SMS text message or email) of a negative lateral flow test result at an outer cordon, before reaching the turnstiles.
The test had to have taken place within 24 hours ahead of the game, carried out at a rapid lateral flow test site.
Lateral flow tests taken at home were not accepted.
Fans were asked to ensure they wore a face covering at all times, even when seated in the stadium.