Latest government update on the return of fans

A limited number of supporters could be allowed back into games in England this season, following UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's address to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon.

Plans have been announced to get the country out of lockdown and these include the possibility that fans might return on the final day of the Premier League season.

Manchester United's last fixture is away to Wolves but there is the suggestion that test events could also be held, potentially the Emirates FA Cup final, even if the date is two days before 17 May, when the proposal to allow spectators back is due to begin.

From that key date of 17 May, if restrictions can still be eased, up to 10,000 people may be able to attend games or stadia could be a quarter-full, whichever figure is lower.

“Turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate, subject, in all cases, to capacity limits depending on the size of the venue,” said Johnson. “We will pilot larger events using enhanced testing with the ambition of further easing of restrictions in the next step.”

A run to the FA Cup final would also affect league fixtures for two clubs, which could have a bearing on the last week of the campaign. The Reds are at Leicester City in the quarter-finals of the competition next month and are due to entertain Fulham on the weekend of the final.

It has been confirmed that a series of pilots will be “using enhanced testing approaches and other measures to run events with larger crowd sizes and reduced social distancing to evaluate the outcomes” starting in April.

Meanwhile, grassroots football is set to resume from 29 March, which would also permit the lower-age game for children in the Academy.


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