Will Leeds United fans be back at Old Trafford for Manchester United opener? Premier League statement gives latest

The Premier League say they will work closely with the UK Government to ensure plans are in place so Leeds United fans can attend the season opener at Manchester United.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 9:33 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 9:36 am
FIRST GAME - Leeds United travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on the opening day of the new season and the Premier League hope to have away fans back in stadia. Pic: Getty
FIRST GAME - Leeds United travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on the opening day of the new season and the Premier League hope to have away fans back in stadia. Pic: Getty

It is not yet known if Covid-19 restrictions will be eased to the extent that away fans will make a return to football grounds, but the Premier League say that is their hope.

A spokesperson said: "The Premier League and its clubs are committed to the ambition of having full stadiums, including away supporters, from the start of the season, and will continue to work closely with Government and all relevant authorities, ensuring operational plans are in place ready to safely welcome supporters back to stadiums in August."

Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that the lifting of current restrictions would be delayed by four weeks to July 19, it has also been confirmed that The Wimbledon finals will be contested in front of capacity crowds.

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Wembley will also hold 40,000 fans for its final four Euro 2020 fixtures.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said the government are keen to welcome more supporters back to large sporting events.

“We want to gather further evidence on how we can open up all big events safely, and for good,” he said.

“The expansion of trials of the NHS app and lateral-flow testing will mean that bigger crowds will be able to attend a limited number of major sporting and cultural events early this summer as part of our events research programme.

“In the next few weeks this means more fans enjoying the Euros and Wimbledon, and some of our biggest cultural and sports events.”

England are currently playing their Euro 2020 group games in front of 22,500 crowds at Wembley, but sporting events outside those that have been selected as part of government trials remain under the previous Covid-19 rules, as they have since May 17.