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Parliament to debate on Nov 9th Football fans in grounds

Postby Rayners Blue is Back » Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:29 pm

The petition to allow football fans back in grounds, has exceeded 200k and will be debated in Parliament on Nov 9th.
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Re: Parliament to debate on Nov 9th Football fans in grounds

Postby Royal Blue » Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:38 pm

Rayners Blue is Back wrote:The petition to allow football fans back in grounds, has exceeded 200k and will be debated in Parliament on Nov 9th.


Perhaps just about the time the 2nd ‘wave’ will peak unfortunately. Not enough Steve Baker’s to go around the chamber either.

It’s unlikely we’ll see football live this season.
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Re: Parliament to debate on Nov 9th Football fans in grounds

Postby The Guvnor » Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:44 pm

It seems almost inevitable we will end up in a lockdown at which point those clubs below " Elite" level will have to stop playing whilst we'll be able to carry on. Of course we will still have to deal with possible outbreaks of the virus which could have an impact on fixtures. Its probable the situation will be reversed with non elite clubs moaning that they cant play.
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Re: Parliament to debate on Nov 9th Football fans in grounds

Postby BornundertheElmslie » Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:41 pm

The "Let Fans In" campaign seems to have been suffocated by the outrage from some clubs at the way the National League money has been distributed - now the money is here, sod fans.

And whilst £10m of money originally earmarked for charities has been handed out to non-league football clubs, around 20 countries aross Europe - all suffering from some sort of Covid 2nd wave - have allowed fans back into stadiums, some even in large numbers. And even here in the UK, it's now ok to watch a Premier League game in your local cinema with a few hundred other people or a Championship game in the bars and hospitality suites at the ground whilst the match takes place a few yards away outside.

SAGE's own advice says that the risk of transmission at large scale outdoor sporting events is Very Low, so it's not football grounds or suppporters per se that are an issue, it's just the reluctance to ease any restrictions at this time. However we now have some UK theatres starting to reopen, the Royal Albert Hall reopening for 3,000 capacity performances (nearly 57% of it's capacity) and the O2 Arena reopening in December with a capacity of 4,700.

There needs to be a large scale grassroots campaign in advance of the 9th November that pushes aggressively to get fans back into open air stadiums otherwise the easy option for the Govt will be to assume that streaming and TV games are sufficient until the pandemic is over. The games right now are largely meaningless to the majority of people who would usually attend and are the constant that keep these clubs going. Fever Pitch had it right when it said "And the fact that you care so much, that the noise you have made has been such a crucial part of it all, is what makes it special. Because you’re seen as every bit as important as the players, and if you hadn’t been there, then who’d be bothered about football, really?"
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Re: Parliament to debate on Nov 9th Football fans in grounds

Postby ALAN COUCH » Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:14 pm

I am completely mystified by the "fans in grounds" ruling. Yesterday, the BBC televised the Ilkeston Town v. Hartlepool FA Cup tie and what did I notice !!
No Hartlepool fans in the ground at all but many ILkeston fans were in the ground standing close together and not even wearing face masks. Doesn't make sense to me.
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