Premier League clubs remain optimistic supporters will be allowed back into stadiums for the start of next season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Mirror claim there is increased hope at least some fans will be granted access to stadiums by September, although this number will be significantly reduced with social distancing expected to remain in place.
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The 2020/21 campaign is due to get underway on the weekend of September 12 and 13, with all 20 top-flight clubs hopeful they will be able to call on some more supporters as the UK eases out of lockdown.
The remainder of this season will be played behind closed doors, with a maximum of 300 people allowed inside stadiums. That will be limited to personnel who fit under the following category: players, managers, officials and broadcasters.
The financial repercussions of this deadly disease has taken it’s toll on clubs up and down the country, with Tottenham already borrowing £175million from the government’s coronavirus loan scheme.
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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters admitted last week there was a chance that fans would return, at least in some capacity, next season.
No one knows when matches will move away from the behind-closed-doors model,” he told Sky Sports.
Obviously, its right to have contingency plans in place, but there is optimism at the Premier League and at clubs that we will start to see fans back in the stadiums next season, and it may happen on a phased basis.