Carroll outlines unfair disadvantage that could hamper Newcastle in final day clash vs Fulham

QPR midfielder Tom Carroll has told Sky Sports News that Newcastle United could be placed at a disadvantage if Fulham are allowed to welcome supporters back to Craven Cottage for the final game of the season.

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 5:00 pm
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Scott Parker’s men have narrowed the gap between themselves and the Magpies to just three points as they look to drag themselves out of the relegation zone.

As things stand, the two clubs are on a collision course, and will come up against each other in West London on the final day of the Premier League campaign.

Depending on how results between now and then pan out, that clash in the capital could prove to have major ramifications on who beats the drop this term, and following the government’s latest announcement on their plans to ease lockdown restrictions, Fulham could be allowed to have a limited number of fans present in the stands.

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All being well, some supporters will be permitted to attend sporting events from May 17th onwards. The final day of the Premier League season is May 23rd.

Speaking on Sky Sports News’ Football Show, Carroll said: “It’s going to be tough to please everyone, unless that date [May 17th] does change.

"I have heard a few people saying there’s going to be an unfair advantage if you allow home fans in on the last day, and it probably would help.

“It’s looking like it could come down to the wire with a couple of games, especially in that relegation battle.

"Having 10,000 home fans and no away fans is definitely going to be an advantage of some sort”.