Norwich City fans must stay away - or club risk big fines
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Norwich City could face huge financial penalties if fans congregate outside the ground on matchdays.
The Canaries have nine Premier League matches - including five at Carrow Road - remaining when they resume their battle against relegation on June 19.
But eight days later they face Manchester United, arguably the country’s best-supported club, in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
While all remaining games this season are behind closed doors, a number of high-profile fixtures are currently under police scrutiny, with concerns that fans will gather, even outside empty stadiums.
The FA on Friday confirmed the United visit will go ahead at Carrow Road, with a 5.30pm kick-off time – and shown live on BBC.
The obvious concerns will be that some fans will gather near the ground - and it is understood the club are very strong on making sure that will not happen. If it does, then the Premier League has the power to hand out heavy financial penalties.
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“I do believe we can appeal to fans not to congregate outside football grounds or go to other people’s houses to watch football matches in contravention of government guidelines,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.
The Premier League on Friday released details of the first three rounds of fixtures, which will see Norwich host Southampton on Friday, June 19 - the first game of the first full weekend of Premier League matches. With a need to keep fans away because of the associated health risks, all 92 matches will be shown live on TV - 33 on free-to-air including the BBC’s first ever live Premier League game, Bournemouth v Crystal Palace on June 20,
Masters said: “We know it won’t be the same without our loyal supporters in stadiums but, together with our broadcast partners, we are able to ensure fans can watch or listen to each match live from home. It is important that as many people as possible can access our games so we are extremely happy that more than a third of our remaining fixtures will be televised free-to-air here in the UK.”
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For the rest of this season, it is expected there will be a limit of 300 people – including players, match officials and broadcasters – allowed into ground on matchdays.