Fans could return for 20-21 season: Premier League chief
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said on Friday that fans could be allowed to attend top-flight matches in the 2020-21 season on a "phased basis".
The Premier League plans to resume the 2019-20 campaign on June 17 following the coronavirus lockdown.
But the remaining 92 fixtures will be played behind closed doors to minimise the health risks of football's return in a country badly hit by the pandemic.
The prospect of playing the next season with no fans is unappetising for the Premier League and Masters suggested it could be possible to being back supporters at some stage.
"No one knows when matches will move away from the behind-closed-doors model and it is right to have contingency plans in place, but there is optimism at the Premier League and at clubs that we will see fans back in the stadiums next season and it may happen on a phased basis," Masters told Sky Sports News.
"Hopefully it will be a huge morale boost and that is what we've been working towards.
"We've got some incredible fans in this country and we all know the Premier League as we know and love it won't be fully back until we have fans back through the turnstiles."
The biggest concern for 'Project Restart' is another wave of the virus, which could lead to the competition being suspended again.
With that in mind, Masters said it was crucial clubs agreed on a plan for what would happen if the season had to end early before games resume.