Premier League: As BCCI struggles to reschedule IPL 2021, Premier League is set to welcome crowd back

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Premier League: At a time when the world’s richest cricket board the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is struggling to reschedule Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) matches and have a crowd present, the world’s most popular sports league, Premier League, will welcome crowd back in the stadiums for the last two matches as the UK government announced easing lockdown restrictions on Monday. The IPL 2021 was postponed after multiple COVID-19 cases were detected inside its bio-bubbles. As for Premier League football, clubs can now host up to 50% of stadium capacity or up to 10,000 people.

The Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said on Monday that it will be a priority to have full stadiums next season. As of now, small stadiums can host up to 4,000 people while large stadiums like Wembley can host up to 25% or 10,000 people whichever is lower. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday the roadmap would progress as planned.

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Premier League: As BCCI struggles to reschedule IPL 2021, Premier League is set to welcome crowd back

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“It’ll be brilliant to see fans back. They’ve been hugely missed and the Premier League hasn’t been the same without them. Their presence will ensure a fantastic finale to the end of our season,” Richard Masters said.

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 a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

As BCCI struggles to reschedule IPL 2021, Premier League is set to welcome crowd back

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.

“Although only a small number of home fans will be at our matches next week, this is an important step in our return to normality,” Masters added.

As BCCI struggles to reschedule IPL 2021, Premier League is set to welcome crowd back

“We’ll continue to work with the government and other authorities as our priority is to have full vibrant stadiums – including away supporters – from the start of next season. Only then will we get back to the real Premier League.”

A crowd of 8,000 watched Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup final on April 25, while this weekend’s FA Cup final is expected to have 21,000 fans present.