Cardiff City Next 48 hours critical for fans return to the CCS

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Next 48 hours critical for fans return to the CCS

Club News  Next 48 hours critical for fans return to the CCS

Government officials remain in talks with football's governing bodies over the possibility of fans returning to matches in the near future Cardiff City, Swansea City and Newport County have been told "the next 48 hours are critical" when it comes to the possibility of fans returning to...
 
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The article itself is in the articles section but here it is

Government officials remain in talks with football's governing bodies over the possibility of fans returning to matches in the near future

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Cardiff City, Swansea City and Newport County have been told "the next 48 hours are critical" when it comes to the possibility of fans returning to stadiums.

Supporters have not been allowed to attend EFL matches since March owing to the coronavirus pandemic.


However, it was hoped that some fans would be allowed to watch games live as of October 1 as part of a process that would see supporters gradually return to the terraces.

But given the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom, government officials are holding fresh talks with football's governing bodies over how best to allow fans to return.

And the EFL's head of policy John Nagle has written to the 72 member clubs - including the Bluebirds, Swans and the Exiles, setting out what happens next.

"We now understand that the next 48 hours are likely to be critical in terms of determining the direction of travel on this issue," Nagle wrote in a letter





"Amongst other things, this will include a meeting between the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden MP and senior administrators from across sport, which will be attended by EFL chairman Rick Parry."

The letter states that EFL clubs will make a collective loss of £200million if fans do not return in the 2020-21 season, and have already lost £50m in gate income from last term.

"Failure to (allow fans to return), or to at least provide any credible roadmap back to the return of fans in the near future, could have catastrophic consequences for many football clubs and the communities they represent," the letter warned.

Read More: Cardiff and Swans told 'next 48 hours critical' amid warning over fans' return - https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/cardiff-city-swansea-city-newport-18939037
 

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Surely it's down to the welsh government?
 

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Dunno tbh, that’s an interesting point.
I reckon it has to be, they may even just let city fans in and no fans from England.
That means we could have the seats in the away end too for social distancing seats
 

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If they allow a limited number of fans into Football league stadiums then I believe the Welsh Government will follow suit and allow the Welsh clubs to go ahead.

The thing that really annoys me is that there hasn’t been more test events. Surely to god allowing say 1000 in to a 33,400 seat CCS would be a piece of piss to organise.:shrug2:
 

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I thought that up to 300 fans were allowed into 2 Scottish games last weekend & it was the UK Gov that had put things on hold for Oct?
If the Jocks can have twice their usual crowds I think its unfair for is not to have any fans
 

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I hate to agree with Stantona but I think he’s right. We’re rapidly heading toward a second wave & lockdown and football crowds are becoming less and less likely.
 

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I hate to agree with Stantona but I think he’s right. We’re rapidly heading toward a second wave & lockdown and football crowds are becoming less and less likely.
But even if the current local restrictions aren’t effective, and this second wave does arrive, then given how much more knowledge we have, how much more prepared we are than we were in March, how used to it we’ve become, the apparently much lower rates of people getting seriously ill or dying, it surely cannot possibly be anywhere near as bad as the first one. Given all that, I just can’t see us having to have an actual lockdown (such that it is).
 

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But even if the current local restrictions aren’t effective, and this second wave does arrive, then given how much more knowledge we have, how much more prepared we are than we were in March, how used to it we’ve become, the apparently much lower rates of people getting seriously ill or dying, it surely cannot possibly be anywhere near as bad as the first one. Given all that, I just can’t see us having to have an actual lockdown (such that it is).
If we do have a second lockdown, a large proportion of the general public will be less willing to cooperate and I don’t think we’ll have the ‘Dunkirk spirit’ of the first lockdown. Numerous breeches, civil unrest, mass unemployment - the list goes on.
Historically second waves are more severe than initial infections due to mutations etc.

I just can’t see football crowds returning for the foreseeable.
 

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