North West clubs back petition to let fans back into football stadiums

Photo © Steve Daniels, The Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End Stand at Ewood Park

A petition was set up after new government guidelines were introduced, meaning that football fans wouldn’t be allowed back into stadiums.

Several North West clubs have been supportive of the petition on social media.

The petition argues, “football is a powerful tool of which allows a range of benefits such as employment, and other important aspects of life.

“Football can be associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication across the community.”

The petition is now closing in on 200,000 signatures and is set to be debated in parliament in the following days.

After a series of successful pilot events with up to 1000 fans, the original plan was to allow fans to be allowed into stadiums after October 1st.

However, after new government guidelines were introduced a u-turn was made on this decision.

During theses times, football clubs need match day income more than ever, particularly lower down the football pyramid.

This map shows where people are signing the petition from and highlights people living in Lancashire have been especially supportive.

Lancashire is leading the way for petition signatures

An open letter to all supporters from the Premier League, EFL and FA has assured fans they are currently doing all they can.

“We will intensify our efforts to pioneer new approaches – working with epidemiologists, scientists and medical experts.

“Measures could include screening spectators before they enter the ground, installing temperature checks, requiring masks to be worn, one-way systems and providing a code of conduct.

“We will continue to urge government to allow us to return fans safely to stadiums.

“The benefits will be felt not just by fans but throughout society and the economy.”

The argument against opening stadiums is that it could lead to a surge in people going to pubs, using public transport and gathering outside the stadium.