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EFL statement after Government announcement

Update on fan return to matches

11 May 2021

Derby fans

The EFL confirmed earlier today, Tuesday 11 May, that the Sky Bet Play-Off Semi-Finals and Finals will see a return of supporters in the Championship, League One and League Two. Further to the Government’s announcement outlining that the country will move to Step Three on its Covid-19 roadmap from Monday, 17 May, clubs will now be able to legally welcome fans back into EFL stadia for these vital fixtures. This marks another welcome milestone along the road to full return of fans.

EFL clubs will now determine with the relevant local Safety Advisory Groups the exact number of supporters that will be able to attend each fixture in line with national guidelines. Announcements on ticketing will be made by individual clubs in due course. Brentford's announcement is coming soon.

The League and its clubs remain in proactive advanced discussions with the Welsh Government in respect of supporters permitted to attend the home legs of both Swansea City and Newport County’s respective Play-Off Semi-Finals. We are confident a successful outcome will be achieved shortly, and we will look to confirm as soon as possible.

Given the operational challenges clubs would face hosting both home and away supporters, it has been agreed that there will be no away fans in attendance during the Sky Bet EFL Play-Off Semi-Finals. Fans of eventual Play-Off Finalists will be permitted to attend the EFL’s showpiece Sky Bet Play-Off Finals scheduled to kick off at the end of the month. 

Trevor Birch, EFL Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome back fans for the Sky Bet Play-Offs which will be fantastic for our competition and another significant step towards the EFL’s aspiration of having full stadia at the start of next season. Discussions remain ongoing with the Welsh Government in respect of the position in Wales, but all parties appreciate the importance of seeing fans return for these games.

“Over the course of the past 12 months, our clubs have implemented stringent protocols and have worked tirelessly to overcome unprecedented challenges this campaign. Fans’ return at this climax of the season is just reward for Semi-Finalist clubs who will now use their significant expertise in crowd management to ensure supporters can enjoy a safe and enjoyable return to their much-loved home grounds. We are thankful to all those who have helped ensure fans will be able to support their Clubs in important fixtures through the Semi-Finals and we look forward to welcoming fans in yet greater numbers at the Play-Off Finals.”

A full list of the scheduled Play-Off Semi-Final fixtures can be seen below:

Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi Final Schedule:

Monday 17 May

18.00

AFC Bournemouth v Brentford

20.15

Barnsley v Swansea City

 

Saturday 22 May

12.30

Brentford v AFC Bournemouth

17.30

Swansea City v Barnsley

Sky Bet League One Play-Off Semi-Final Schedule:

Tuesday 18 May

18.00

Oxford United v Blackpool

Wednesday 19 May

18.00

Lincoln City v Sunderland AFC

Friday 21 May

19.45

Blackpool v Oxford United

Saturday 22 May

15.00

Sunderland AFC v Lincoln City

Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Semi-Final Schedule:

Tuesday 18 May

20.15

Newport County v Forest Green Rovers

Thursday 20 May

18.00

Tranmere Rovers v Morecambe

 

Sunday 23 May

12.30

Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers

18.30

Forest Green Rovers v Newport County


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