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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 rollout of the vaccine having a significant impact on the pandemic in the UK, it is now within the realms of expectation that fans could once again soon return to stadiums, possibly before even the end of the current campaign.

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

Under the current parameters, fans could return to stadiums 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 fans provide to clubs through ticket sales has been a large proportion of income lost throughout the pandemic and getting fans into grounds as soon as possible will be a necessity for said clubs.

Fulham vs Newcastle implications

There are though issues which have arisen in the wake of the news breaking regarding fans returning.

The final game of the season between Fulham and Newcastle could be a match which decides the future of both sides and were fans to be available in the ground for the London club, it could present as an unfair advantage for the Craven Cottage side.

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 during the period between the second and third lockdowns. Little then was mentioned about any possible unfair advantage but with the numbers set to be increase to 10000 supporters or 25% of the stadium’s capacity (whichever is smaller), this could have an exponentially bigger boost on player mentality.

The Times reports that meetings are taking place between clubs to try and find solutions to these issues. In addition to proposals of figures of up to 4000 supporters returning during mid-April. This would allow for a greater spread of support across the back end of the season at grounds across the UK.

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3 Leicester City FC 25 17 49
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6 Liverpool FC 25 11 40
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
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12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 25 -6 33
13 Crystal Palace FC 25 -14 32
14 Southampton FC 25 -12 30
15 Burnley FC 25 -12 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 25 -6 26
17 Newcastle United FC 25 -17 25
18 Fulham FC 25 -11 22
19 West Bromwich Albion 25 -36 14
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Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
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Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
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