The 37th day of the Premier League should be postponed by a few days to allow clubs to welcome the public in the last two league games after a season behind closed doors.
With six days of the championship remaining to be disputed and no sign for the moment of lifting the closed door, Ligue 1 is preparing to conclude the 2020-2021 financial year in hollow stadiums. Across the Channel, the Premier League is on the verge of avoiding this scenario.
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According to the Press Association agency, the 37th and penultimate day will be postponed from May 15, to May 18 and 19, with a very specific goal: to welcome the public. If the British found the terraces of pubs and restaurants at the beginning of the week, they will have to wait until May 17 to see the health restrictions lift a little more. Among these, the end of the closed door in the stadiums.
10,000 spectators maximum then full stadiums in August?
Each club could therefore play its last match at home with the public: a gauge of 25% of spectators within the limit of 10,000 people in the stands for the largest stadiums in the country. Chelsea-Leicester (37th day), Leicester-Tottenham (38th) or even Liverpool-Crystal Palace (38th) would therefore be arguing in front of several thousand British fans.
Almost assured of the league title, Manchester City players should then celebrate their coronation in their last match, against Everton, with their audience, on May 23.
Premier League boss Richard Masters is hoping for a start to the 2021-2022 season in August in front of full stadiums. “A lot of things have to take place at the right time to get there, but we think it’s an achievable goal,” Masters promised on March 13th.