Daily uk news 'Can't meet my family but a thousand of us can rock up to a football match!': The return of fans is slammed online as government gives green light to 10 clubs to open doors to ONE THOUSAND supporters this week - despite Rule of Six MetiNew
MetiNews.Com - The 10 pilot games in the EFL will do ahead this Saturday despite the latest Government crackdown that prohibits gatherings in groups of more than six.
Breaking News ! Furious Britons have slammed the government for allowing crowds of 1,000 fans into ten football stadiums this weekend - despite the Rule of Six banning friends and families from meeting up. Ministers have repeatedly warned that more draconian measures are on the way if coronavirus infection rates continue to rise despite the new restrictions on gatherings, with curfews and school and pub closures expected within a fortnight. The situation has worsened in recent days with Britain's daily testing capacity plummeting and parents, carers and workers complaining that they are unable to get tests - forcing them to self-isolate. Today, Boris Johnson blamed a 'huge, huge' surge in demand for the chaos that has left millions of people struggling to get checked after Health Secretary Matt Hancock conceded that the government will have to create a 'priority list' to make sure hospitals and care homes get essential screening.Despite boasting of 'Moonshot' plans to carry out 10million tests a day, the government's decision to prioritise who gets a test raises the prospect of schools being left in limbo, with many warning they are already struggling to stay open because so many children have cold or cough symptoms. Now, despite the testing chaos and mounting anger at the rule of six, the government has decided that ten football matches across England can let 1,000 fans into stadiums this weekend as part of a pilot. Carrow Road in Norwich is one of 10 EFL venues that will host pilot events this Saturday in which a maximum of 1,000 spectators will be admitted The latest pilot events follow a successful trial at Cambridge's Abbey Stadium last week RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Will England follow the Bundesliga? Fans will be allowed... Health passport costing £15 could get fans back into... Women's football given further boost as Vitality seals... Premier League club forced to pay for lower league Carabao... Share this article Share 404 shares The English Football League have announced 10 teams, including three in the second-tier Championship at Norwich, Middlesbrough and Luton, have permission to host pilot events for the return of fans. Three games have been picked in the Sky Bet Championship - Luton Town vs Derby County at Kenilworth Road, Norwich City vs Preston North End at Carrow Road and Middlesbrough vs Bournemouth at the Riverside Stadium.The League One matches at Charlton, Blackpool, Shrewsbury Town and Hull City, plus the League Two games at Forest Green Rovers, Carlisle United and Morecambe, have also been selected.These 10 games will be the first in the three EFL divisions since March to admit fans. Fans reacted with anger and bewilderment at the decision to allow 1,000 fans in to the games 862 fans attended the EFL Trophy game at Cambridge last week and were required to socially distance in the stands. The venues have been chosen because they are located in areas not currently subject to coronavirus lockdown restrictions.But the announcement is at odds with this week's Government restrictions, which prohibit gatherings of more than six people. Fans reacted with anger and bewilderment at the EFL decision, especially in light of the 'rule of six' introduced on Monday.Malcolm Wood wrote on Twitter: 'You can't be together in no more than six, so let's go to the footy. Where is the joined up thinking!!!' Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium will welcome crowds for the first time since March 1,000 spectators will be allowed at Kenilworth Road in Luton for their game against DerbyTwitter user WWmick wrote: 'England and Scotland have reduced the number of people allowed to meet socially to six. So I cannot meet with family yet EFL can allow a group of 1000. How is this sane or fair?'A Twitter user called Caitlin said: 'The rule of SIX they said. Can't meet up with my family but a thousand of us can rock up to a football match. Get a f***ing grip. What utter b*******.
.He said: 'I just don't know where we are with it all, I've got to say. I haven't got a clue.'Am I allowed to see my nan? Am I allowed to see my mum? But then we can have 1,000 people in a ground but then we can't have 15,000 and then I can't go and have a pint with my mates unless there's only six of us. Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was left bewildered by the latest announcement'So I've got to say I'm like the majority of people in this country have not got a clue what's going off... haven't got a clue. EFL Pilot matches Saturday 3pm unless stated ChampionshipLuton Town v Derby CountyNorwich City v Preston North EndMiddlesbrough v AFC BournemouthLeague OneBlackpool v Swindon TownCharlton Athletic v Doncaster RoversShrewsbury v Northampton Hull City v Crewe AlexandraLeague TwoForest Green Rovers v Bradford CityCarlisle v Southend (1pm)Morecambe v Cambridge United
'If anybody can help me. I'll try and affect that game of football and with the staff and boys in getting a result but everything else, all that other stuff, I ain't got a clue.'EFL clubs in safe areas had been invited to put in requests to host fans by Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's meeting.It's likely the host clubs will hold a ballot of season ticket holders and members to determine who can attend. Last week the Government restricted sport pilot events to 1,000 fans and said that plans to have stadiums back to a third of their capacity by October 1 would be reviewed. EFL chairman, Rick Parry said: 'It's encouraging that we are in a position to move forward with the next phase of the pilot programme and give a small number of our Clubs the opportunity to welcome back up to a 1,000 fans this week.'The health and well-being of supporters and their wider communities remains the priority, but as we showed at Cambridge, social distancing can be applied safely.'By extending across more EFL Clubs we hope to further demonstrate that the measures developed can allow fans to return in greater numbers from as early as next month.'The requirement to welcome spectators back through turnstiles has not diminished in any way, the financial challenges facing EFL Clubs have been explained on numerous occasions, they are substantial and a problem that requires immediate solutions.'Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden said: 'I know that many fans are eager to return to football and that jobs depend on this too, so fans will welcome news that the EFL will be running number capped, covid secure, and socially distanced pilots this weekend.'This will help us build the evidence base to see how we can return fans safely in greater numbers as soon as it is safe to do so.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Will England follow the Bundesliga? Fans will be allowed... Health passport costing £15 could get fans back into... Women's football given further boost as Vitality seals... Premier League club forced to pay for lower league Carabao...
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