The government has been warned that delaying admitting fans to stadiums is a ‘nightmare’ that could endanger the entire English football pyramid due to the imminent financial disaster.
Test events, now limited to 1,000 fans due to new government restrictions, took place Saturday during seven EFL matches, including championship clubs Norwich and Middlesbrough.
But West Hamham’s Karren Brady says they could safely receive 20,000 people at London Stadium, and experts warn that without a change in government, a sporting financial collapse is imminent.
The government has been warned that supporters must return to stadiums soon
Tuesday’s cabinet meeting is seen as crucial in determining whether the government will proceed with the planned October 1 date for the takeover of some fans, although it seems increasingly likely that the Premier League can hope for test events of around 2,500 fans.
But EFL executives warn they can’t live on handouts and tax deferments forever.
Lee Hoos, chief executive at Championship club QPR, says it costs clubs tens of thousands to play games right now, which is unsustainable.
QPR director Lee Hoos says clubs have to pay tens of thousands to organize matches
Hoos said: ‘League One and Two have been talking about how long clubs can continue to play and lose money. Most amazing is how long it took for Wigan to be taken into administration.
When clubs get to a point where nothing more comes through the gate and decide to end the season, that could be the end of the English football pyramid as we know it.
‘We need some income. We are not an industry that receives a government bailout. We need the opportunity to stand on our own two feet.
‘Safety must be the number one priority. But a lot of work has been done with the Sports Ground Safety Authority and the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Department on how to do this safely. We’ve submitted plans to the city council to say we can get people in this way. We’re just waiting for the OR. ‘
Experts warn that without a change in government thinking, a sporting financial collapse is imminent
Test events of 1,000 fans took place Saturday in Norwich, Middlesbrough, Charlton, Blackpool, Shrewsbury, Forest Green Rovers and Carlisle, but the Premier League suspended their testing events, saying 1,000 fans were not big enough to provide meaningful data.
Brady, who wrote in her newspaper section that Premier League clubs collectively lost £ 80m a month in gate receipts, said: ‘It’s getting harder to see what the delay in bringing spectators back to football is all about – except optics’ . she wrote.
West Ham executive vice president Karren Brady would like supporters to be let in again
“A Premier League football stadium is the safest place you can be. Safer than your own living room. Due to our highly controlled environment, supporters are safer there than if they were mingling informally at home. ‘
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is arguing in cabinet for the cause of the sports industry, but as further national restrictions are about to add to the rule of six, it remains to be seen if a more nuanced message that stadiums are safe, and the scale of the imminent financial disaster will carry over to the prime minister.
Dortmund shows how it should be done with 10,000 people
By Lukas Rott
You could hear the excitement in Norbert Dickel’s voice. The legend of Borussia Dortmund is now the announcer in Signal Iduna Park.
Giovanni Reyna had just opened the score to the 9,300 supporters. Dickel picked up the microphone and, before announcing the jury’s name, said, “I’ve waited so long to do this.”
We all have. Two Dortmund fans outside the stadium held a sign before the game that read: ‘Covid-19 is dying. BVB will never die ‘. You could see how eager the supporters were back.
10,000 fans attended Borussia Dortmund’s match against Borussia Monchengladbach
It was a strange atmosphere. There were 2,000 fans in the yellow wall instead of the usual 25,000. But they did their best to bring as much atmosphere as possible. They sang their songs as loud as they could. A huge cheer greeted the teams that came out. More when the Dortmund names were announced. Angry met the Gladbach players.
It was still so different. Fans on one side of the stadium couldn’t hear them on the other, so they sang their own songs. And without absent fans, they could sing about Mönchengladbach without fear of an answer.
By the end, with Dortmund three ahead, the Mexican wave had started, even with a few holes.
The celebrations were more emotional. The hugs took longer. Having the fans back certainly played a role in this. Goals were not celebrated so intensely when the stands were empty.
With fans on the ground, the celebration of Dortmund’s goals felt much more emotional
Fans were excited but respected the situation. They kept their distance, even when goals came in. They were in their own groups and shared a look with the next group of supporters, but nothing more. After the final whistle, they were told to stay put.
Stewards made sure that all conditions were met. They checked if people were disinfecting their hands and approached the few people who remained undisciplined. Masks were to be worn when moving around the stadium and standing in line, even off the ground. Fans had timetables to get into the ground, they brought their IDs. Toilets used a one-way system.
People realize that Covid’s situation changes daily. The number of cases is increasing, so everyone is just enjoying the moment. Everyone was happy to be back.
Everyone felt safe.