The Mercury

EPL bosses target full stadiums


THE Premier League has welcomed the British government’s announceme­nt on the easing of lockdown restrictio­ns amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and chief executive Richard Masters said on Monday it is their priority to have full stadiums next season.

The government said in February that under the third stage of its four-stage “roadmap”, stadiums would – if all conditions are met – from May 17 be allowed to hold up to 50% of their capacity, or 4 000 people, whichever is lower.

A special provision will be made for large outdoor, seated venues, so that they can open their doors to up to 10 000 people or 25% of the capacity, whichever is lower.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday the roadmap would progress as planned.

The Premier League said last week attendance for the penultimat­e round of matches to be played on May 18-19, and the final day, May 23, would be restricted to home fans.

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