Some Newcastle United fans have been reacting to the news that fans could be allowed in for the final Premier League game of season against Fulham.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a roadmap to get the country out of a third lockdown and back to normality.
According to the new plan, football fans could return to sporting events from May 17, which happens to be when the final round of Premier League fixtures take place.
As per Sky News, ‘Depending on if the government deems it to be safe, the large seated stadiums that can properly space out fans will be allowed up to 10,000 people or to be a quarter full, whichever is lower’.
Newcastle’s final game of the season against Fulham, which has the potential to be a relegation decider.
There is plenty of football to be played between now and then of course, but right now only three points separate the sides in the table.
There is a very reasonable chance it could go down to the wire, and Fulham having some supporters present could be huge.
The Shields Gazette report that the current capacity of Fulham’s venue is 19,359 (their Riverside Stand is being redeveloped), meaning almost 5000 fans could be present to watch the game.
It isn’t clear at the moment if any away fans will be allowed in.
On social media, some Newcastle fans have been reacting to the possibility of fans being allowed into Craven Cottage with potential Premier League survival at stake:
Yes, but totally not fair on us as NO travelling fans will be allowed 🤬🤬🤬
— Steve Harrop FCIM (@swervytoon) February 22, 2021
Great… hope we are safe by then!
— Mike Pitt (@mikepitt84) February 22, 2021
The First game back could be our last in the premier league. Swings and roundabouts 🤦
— zee (@zee1783) February 22, 2021
This hardly seems fair, why not just wait till next season. Instead half of the teams will gain a huge advantage over their opponents on the final day of the season. It could be a crucial game for #NUFC against Fulham and they would have fan advantage. https://t.co/UOH7OHNnz3
— Mississauga Geordie (@GeordieSauga) February 22, 2021
Firmly opposed to the government’s re-opening timetable. There is no way I want football stadiums to re-open on 17 May, allowing Fulham (18th) to play Newcastle (17th) at home in front on 10,000 fans on the last day of the season…#NUFC
— Jack Storry (@JackStorry) February 22, 2021
Surely if it’s a relegation decider, then they can’t allow Fulham to just have supporters in the ground. It would give a totally unfair advantage
— Michael Cantwell (@mickycantwell) February 22, 2021
Our Premier League status could be decided on the final day away to Fulham where they may be allowed up to 10,000 fans
— Toon For Change (@ToonForChange) February 22, 2021
— James Knowlson (@jimknowlson) February 22, 2021