England to allow limited number of fans back into stadiums starting in December
Supporters in some areas of England will be allowed to return to football stadiums next month under plans announced by the UK Government.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the government’s latest set of measures designed to limit the spread of Covid-19 on Monday, offering a look at what the plan will be for football supporters going forward.He confirmed that the four-week national lockdown in England will end on Wednesday December 2 and will be replaced by a new three-tiered system.The number of supporters allowed into stadiums, if any, will depend on what tier a club’s stadium is placed...
Germany's Bierhoff doesn't expect full stadiums at Euros in 2021
German Football Federation (DFB) director Oliver Bierhoff doesn't expect full stadiums at next year's Euro tournament because the coronavirus pandemic won't have disappeared by then.Bierhoff told a video news conference Monday ahead of national team games that the tournament won't take place "the way I wish for it to be held" from June 11, 2021 onwards."You must expect that corona won't have left us next year," Bierhoff said. "I doubt there will be full stadiums but I believe that a few fans will be present."Bierhoff expects that everything will be done to play the tournament in 12 European ci...
Eintracht manager Bobic wants fans back in Bundesliga stadiums
Eintracht Frankfurt's sport chief Fredi Bobic is pushing for a quick return for fans to Bundesliga stadiums when Germany exits its current shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic."My impression is that the substantial part of the population has until now obeyed the guidance," he told the Stuttgarter Zeitung and Stuttgarter Nachrichten papers on Saturday."Now the politicians cannot overdo it otherwise the measures will come even more into question."Out of a cumulative attendance of 207,000 from the first three rounds of Bundesliga matches there have been no known cases of coronavirus infection...
Premier League sends open letter urging government to allow fans back into stadiums
The Premier League has released an open letter urging the UK Government to allow fans back in stadiums as soon as possible.The letter, which was co-signed by representatives from the English Football League (EFL), Football Association (FA), and Women’s FA, argues that recent test matches have demonstrated that fans can be allowed to safely return back into grounds in limited numbers.Last month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that new government restrictions designed to contain the spread of coronavirus could be in place for the next six months, which postponed plans for the return of fans t...
French government to allow more fans into stadiums
Lawmakers in France have agreed to allow larger crowds into stadiums in areas where the coronavirus is less prevalent and if venues are big enough.Attendances at sports events are capped at 5,000, but are limited to 1,000 in areas where there are larger outbreaks of Covid-19, such as in the Mediterranean city of Marseille.Currently, no allowances are made for the capacity of venues, and the existing rules meant no more than 1,000 spectators were able to attend Marseille’s Ligue 1 game against Lille last weekend, despite their Stade Velodrome home having a capacity of 67,000.Sacha Houlie, an MP...
Coronavirus: English Premier League fans can’t return to stadiums yet
British Cabinet office minister, Michael Gove, said plans for English Premier League fans to return to stadiums and watch live matches by October have been suspended.He said the staged return of fans would be paused and Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, would reel out new measures.“We were looking at a staged programme of more people returning. It wasn’t going to be the case that we were going to have stadiums thronged with fans,” he said.“We’re looking at how we can, for the moment, pause that programme, but what we do want to do is to make sure that, as and when circumstances allow, get more pe...
Cristiano Ronaldo: Empty stadiums is like a circus without clowns
Cristiano Ronaldo compared empty stadiums to a circus without clowns.The Portugal great scored his 100th and 101st goals for his country in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday in the Nations League.”It’s like going to a circus without clowns, going to a garden without flowers,” Ronaldo said. ”We don’t like that as players, but I’m already used to it. I do my pre-match meditation already knowing that the stadium will be empty.”Ronaldo said he even missed opposing fans.”It’s sad,” the Juventus forward said. ”I like when I’m jeered in away matches, it motivates me. But health has to come first and w...
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Chip Scoggins: Silence won't be golden in NFL stadiums this fall
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn’t give his standard public service announcement, the one in which he implores fans to be loud and rowdy Sunday to make life difficult on the opposing offense.In non-pandemic years, Zimmer’s message gets displayed on the gigantic videoboard as the Vikings defense takes the field and the place goes bonkers. Scratch that ploy.U.S. Bank Stadium will be fan-free at Sunday’s opener, so Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers offense won’t have to contend with Skol chants and silent counts.The NFL is providing teams with pre-recorded crowd noise that must ...
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Soccer: Hasebe hopes for return to packed stadiums following virus
Entering the twilight of his distinguished career, Makoto Hasebe still considers himself lucky to play soccer for a living.But the Eintracht Frankfurt veteran, who holds the Bundesliga's record for appearances by an Asian player, said the privilege came with a responsibility he keenly felt when the German top flight resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.The league restarted behind closed doors in May following a roughly two-month suspension, with Germany still under tight restrictions due to the health crisis.After helping guide Frankfurt from the fringes of the relegation zo...
43,000 Fans Return To The Stands At New Zealand Rugby Game
As sports begin to return in the United States and in Europe, stadiums are left empty as the coronavirus pandemic has forced leagues to make the decision to not permit fans at games, at least for the time being, until the number of positive cases of COVID-19 goes down. In New Zealand, however, things seem to be slowly looking to return a normal.New Zealand has not had a positive case for COVID-19 since May 22 and because of this, the country’s government lifted all restrictions on crowd size. Over the weekend, stadiums at rugby games across the country were filled to the brim with fans.In Auck...