Fans of English Premier League clubs will be granted the grace to witness the last two rounds of fixtures following the expected easing of lockdown restrictions by the UK government.
The development will see a crowd of up 10,000 or 25 per cent of capacity permitted starting from May 17.
The Premier League in its plan to fit in has altered its fixture schedule to ensure that each of the 20 teams gets the opportunity to host at least one home match with a crowd.
The UK has given more than 34 million people a first vaccine dose with case numbers and hospitalisations from coronavirus falling.
“The Premier League has today confirmed that the final two Matchweeks of the 2020/21 season will be limited to home fans, subject to the Government easing lockdown restrictions in the United Kingdom,” the Premier League said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Matchweek 37 will now be played on 18-19 May, with the final matches of the season kicking off at 16:00 BST (1500GMT) on Sunday 23 May as planned.”
No away fans will be allowed to ease operational challenges, but the English top-flight clubs are hopeful of a return to full stadiums for the start of next season.
“Fans have been greatly missed at Premier League matches and this marks a key step towards full stadiums, including away fans, from the start of the 2021/22 season,” added the statement.