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‘We need them back in safely’ – Warning issued to government over fans in UK returning to stadiums amid coronavirus pandemic

Sir. Mohammed Ali 6

Nov. 18, 2020

The UK government has been warned about letting fans return to stadiums too soon amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Supporters have not been able to attend football matches in full capacity since March.
Plans to slowly introduce fans back into grounds at the beginning of October were shelved by the government due to a rise in coronavirus cases .
However, the Mail claim officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have submitted proposals to the Cabinet Office to allow some supporters back after the national lockdown is lifted on December 2 .
In Germany, Bundesliga stadiums are allowed to be 20 per cent full if local coronavirus cases are below 35 cases per 100,000 people in the previous seven days.
But Mirror journalist Darren Lewis has highlighted how much better Germany have dealt with the virus than the UK.
He told talkSPORT: “Germany have been very disciplined right from the outset of the coronavirus pandemic with lockdowns and test and trace.
“They’ve done all of the things that they would need to do correctly.
“We’ve been slow to lockdown, we haven’t been good on test and trace, we haven’t been good with PPE [personal protective equipment], we haven’t been good with social distancing. There have been a number of cases.
“We’ve all seen on social media where there have been large gatherings of people outside of sport and in sport, as well, where people have been trusted not to mix, they’ve mixed.
“So on the face of it, the idea to let the fans back in [stadiums] in this country is a good one. We need them back, not least because football without fans is meaningless.
“We can talk all we want about the product and the players and the stuff we’ve seen so far, but fans, financially, invest in this game.
“Fans are the lifeblood of our sport, we need them back in the sport, but we need them back in safely.”
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