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RE: Fans in stadiums by Stig

Posted: 20/7/2020 at 11:57:52, 131 views. In reply to 'Fans in stadiums'

Yeah. There’s now a contradiction between Johnson’s “spectators in stadiums from October" (he didn’t specifically say 1st October, so it could actually be any date during the month) and the FA’s recent guidance that step 3 games will re-commence on Saturday 19th September.

Someone, somewhere, hasn’t read the memo and it seems the FA might have gone off half-cocked with the announcement. Even a handful of games behind closed doors will screw up most clubs’ budgets. Clarity urgently required from the FA / govt to aid planning.

It’s pretty much a given that social distancing will limit crowds until a vaccine arrives, so last year’s FLS capacity increase from 2070 to 2800+ with the new Adverset stand, will help the club. Live streaming could be an additional option, but it’ll depend on the away team agreeing to an early or late kick-off because the FA has already said it won’t drop the restriction re: live broadcasting 3pm KOs next season for any clubs, irrespective of their level. Will other clubs agree to that? Some might, some won’t.

Also, factor in the announced reduction for FA Cup and Vase prize money because the FA is badly cash-strapped. Interesting times.

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