Fans came to the Met Police’s tone-deaf football unit for the swiftly deleted April Fool tweet claiming they wanted to have big games without supporters to keep hooliganism down when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted!
- The Met Police football unit tweeted a deaf prank from April Fool on Thursday
- They joked that they want big games in London without fans moving forward
- It’s because supporters have been shut out for more than a year since the pandemic started
- Fans will be back to elite sport from May 17 if the government’s plans remain on track
The Metropolitan Police Football Unit caused anger among football fans after a tone-deaf April Fool’s joke said they wanted big games to be held in London without supporters in order to keep hooliganism down when coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans have now been out of the stadiums for over a year, save for a small number of games just before Christmas.
Supporters will be returning to top sporting events – and some test events before that date – starting May 17 if the government’s relaxation of lockdown restrictions continues as planned with as many as 10,000 supporters allowed in the largest venues.
The Met Police football unit has received massive criticism for their tone-deaf April Fool’s joke
Fans have been banned from stadiums for over a year now due to the Covid-19 pandemic
THE NEW BORDERS FROM 17 MAY
From 17 May, indoor venues may allow a maximum of 1000 spectators, or half their capacity if that number is lower.
For outdoor events, a maximum of 4,000 fans are allowed, or the capacity of half a hall (whichever number is lower).
However, the largest stadiums, such as Wembley, allow up to 10,000 fans, or a quarter of the capacity (whichever figure is lower).
However, the largest stadiums, with a capacity of more than 16,000, such as Wembley and Premier League football fields, allow up to 10,000 fans, or a quarter of the capacity (whichever is the lower).
From May 17 – when step three starts – a maximum of 4,000 fans, or half a hall capacity (whichever number is lower), will be allowed at outdoor locations.
However, the largest stadiums, with a capacity of over 16,000, such as Wembley and most Premier League football fields, allow up to 10,000 fans, or a quarter of the capacity (whichever is lower).
But the Metropolitan Police Specialized Football Unit tweeted an ill-timed joke Thursday morning from April Fool, announcing that they were considering putting “ high-risk fixtures ” permanently behind closed doors from the start of next season.
The tweet read: “ As a result of the decline in football-related crime in London since the start of behind-closed-door games, we are submitting new legislation to the government outlining the benefits of empty stadiums, allowing us to play high-risk nominating for BCD doors) from season 21/22 ‘.
The post, which was quickly removed by the Met Police Football Unit account, immediately drew criticism from fans on social media.
@LuisJohnH wrote: ‘Did your boss tell you to pack it up?’
Another user posted: “If anyone is crazy about this, then God will help them and you for the abuse you get.”
One fan, clearly unsure if it was a badly timed joke, tweeted, ‘What is this all about then? Looks like it has now been removed, but shocking if true ‘.
@NathRNath commented, ‘I know this is an April Fools joke, but the way the world is going I could tell it’s true!’.
Meanwhile, @rob_crane couldn’t resist a swipe at one club, writing: ‘Scheme is already being trialled in Milton Keynes’.
It was revealed on Thursday that the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton has been selected by the government as the first football test event for the return of fans.
The match on April 18 will be played in front of 4,000 people at Wembley Stadium, who are expected to be residents of the Brent district rather than spectators of the clubs.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said more trial events will be announced later this week as the government wants to confirm that the next phase of the planned relaxation of restrictions on April 12 is on track.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and No. 10 are determined to move forward as soon as possible in view of the showpiece of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on July 11.
The trials will use a modified version of the NHS app, which will certify whether a person has been vaccinated or tested negative.
The Met Police said they would seek new legislation to move high-risk games behind closed doors due to “ the reduction in football-related crime ” over the past 12 months
Earlier this week The sun also reported that the FA will tell UEFA they want 45,000 spectators in Wembley for the final stages of Euro 2020 this summer.
And that number could reach as many as 60,000 fans if the UK vaccination program continues to be a success.
Although Britain has seen Europe’s deadliest outbreak, its vaccination program is the fastest on the continent and remains a resounding success since it began in December.
More than 30 million people in the UK received their first dose of the Covid-19 shot between December 8 and March 27 – about 57 percent of all adults in the UK.
As a result, the FA are extremely confident that they will be able to safely fill two-thirds of Wembley’s 90,000 capacity for this summer’s showpiece.