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Thousands of fans have returned to Premier League stadiums for the first time this year, as restrictions ease just in time for the season finale.

Up to 10,000 fans have been allowed onto the pitch as of today, with the league restricting it only to home fans.

Meetings have been postponed to April to allow every Premier League club to host a home game with supporters before the end of the season this weekend, to take advantage of the government’s roadmap out of the lockout.

Southampton fan donned a club mask as he watched from the stands on Tuesday night

Tuesday’s early evening matches saw Manchester United welcome fans to Old Trafford for the first time in 14 months and the first time since protests against club owners outside the stadium.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of United’s game against relegated Fulham, manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer said: “It’s great to see them, you can see my smile

“Our supporters are the best, always the best. They will be behind the team and support the team, and our goal is to play good football, to give them something to cheer on.”

The final score was 1-1.

Tuesday night’s other games saw Southampton host Leeds, who finished 2-0 for the visitors, and Brighton triumph 3-2 over newly crowned champions Manchester City.

Brighton manager Graham Potter struggled to be heard in television interviews afterwards, such was the noise generated by cheering house fans.

Old Trafford welcomed fans for the first time since March 2020, in the last home game of the season against the already relegated Fulham
Old Trafford welcomed fans for the last home game of the season against already relegated Fulham
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures to the fan after the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.  Photo date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer waves to fans after match

Chelsea also hosted Leicester in a rehearsal of FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley, which hosted some 20,000 supporters in the largest crowd since before the pandemic.

Tuesday’s games were …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-18 17:55:00