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Premier League planning for 10,000 fans to attend trophy presentation in May

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.

Masters is optimistic fans will be in attendance to see the new champions crowned

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.

“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.

The Premier League is planning for stadiums to be at capacity throughout next season
The Premier League is planning for stadiums to be at capacity throughout next season

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“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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“If we can get all of that done successfully by the end of this year it will be a good year. If you could throw in a successful Champions League win and perhaps even England winning the Euros, that would be even better.”

The Euros will take place between 11 June and 11 July, with Wembley set to host seven games including both semi-finals and the final.

The tournament is due to take place at 12 venues across Europe but Boris Johnson has offered to host all fixtures amid doubts over UEFA’s original plan.

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