Premier League clubs fear that social distance will make the return of away fans “more trouble than it’s worth.”
Premier League clubs fear social distance distribution will leave out fans at the end of this season ‘more PROBLEMS than worth it’ … and believe encouraging supporters to travel outside of the local area is sending the wrong signal in the event of a pandemic
- Premier League clubs say more time is needed to prepare for the return of away fans
- Sources revealed that the clubs’ views were broadcast to the league in ‘strong terms’ during a call-up
- Fans will be allowed into stadiums for the last two days of play this season
The Premier League has faced opposition over plans to allow away fans for the last two games of the season.
Clubs fear that social distances make the prospect impossible, and believe more time is needed to prepare for the return of away fans
They also believe that encouraging supporters to travel outside of their local area to attend games would not send the right message during the pandemic.
Clubs fear that social distance will make the prospect of away fans impossible this season
Sources have revealed that the clubs’ positions were broadcast to the league in ‘strong terms’ during a call with several security officials late last week.
At the last shareholders’ meeting, the race directors outlined their plans – including shifting the calendar to accommodate two games for home and away fans.
The plans were well received, but a growing number of clubs now believe the scenario is “more trouble than it’s worth.”
A growing number of clubs believe welcoming returning fans is ‘more trouble than it’s worth’
An official explained: “It doesn’t make any sense. When everyone has a home game there is no integrity issue and logistics will be challenging at best.
‘Social distancing can be problematic, and are we going to ask fans to travel all over the country during a pandemic?
Imagine there was a football breakout. It’s more trouble than it’s worth and clubs have made their feelings clear. We need more time. ‘
The Premier League did not comment. But insiders say there are discussions going on, including those with the government, and they are “committed to getting fans back as soon as it is safe to do so.”