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EPL: 10,000 fans to attend Winners party

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is planning for 10,000 fans to be in attendance when the champions are crowned in May.

He also hopes the next top-flight season – which is due to begin on 7 August – will be played in front of full stadiums from the outset.

Under the government’s road map out of lockdown, 10,000 supporters or 25 per cent of total capacity – whichever is lower – can return to grounds up and down the country on 17 May at the earliest.

The final round of fixtures this season is due to take place on 23 May, while the penultimate round could be moved back to increase the number of games fans can attend.

Meanwhile, the government plans to lift all restrictions put in place throughout the coronavirus pandemic by 21 June.

The easing of restrictions is dependant on the vaccine rollout continuing as planned and new Covid-19 variants not posing a fresh threat.

But Masters is optimistic fans will see the trophy awarded, with Manchester City the likely recipients as they continue their march to the title with a commanding 14-point lead at the top of the table.

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“The first step is to see that trophy presented on 23 May, hopefully in front of 10,000 fans, somewhere in this country,” he said.

“Beyond that, it’s full stadia, hopefully from the start of next season.

“We need to unite Premier League clubs around a plan for the future, a lot has happened over the last 12 months, and of course next year is the last year of our current financial programme, so we need to set a clear and secure financial plan for the Premier League, and therefore the rest of the pyramid, for the next three years.

 

 

 

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