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ATLANTA GEORGIA—Some of the die-hard fans of the Premier League games who are itching to watch the games live again will have to wait a little longer.
The Premier League on Wednesday announced that due to varying operational challenges and the continued threat of the coronavirus, only home fans are allowed for the final two rounds of the 2020-21 season.
It can be recalled that the matches in England’s top-flight have taken place behind closed doors since June, apart from a brief window late last year when small crowds were allowed before the resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
In a statement, the league said some home fans can watch the games live after May 17 since the government is set to ease lockdown restrictions in England.
“Following consultation with clubs, it was agreed matches would not be open to away supporters due to varying operational challenges and the need to deliver a consistent approach while maximizing the opportunity for home fan attendance,” the Premier League said.
Last week the Premier League revealed that fixtures had been rescheduled to provide an opportunity for each club to host one home match with supporters before the end of the season.
Based on the Premier League calendar, the remaining games will be played on May 18-19, with the final matches of the season taking place on May 23.
Despite the looming limited number of fans in the final stretch of the games, some 21,000 fans are still expected in this month’s FA Cup final.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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