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PremierLeague-News.Com - London’s EFL clubs have united to back the Evening Standard’s Bring Back The Fans campaign, while West Ham’s England midfielder Declan Rice has called for the country to follow the German model.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! London’s EFL clubs have united to back the Evening Standard’s Bring Back The Fans campaign, while West Ham’s England midfielder Declan Rice has called for the country to follow the German model. Ian Wright, the former Crystal Palace, Arsenal and West Ham striker, launched our campaign on Friday and a petition to allow limited crowds to return is nearing 200,000 signatures. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made no mention of the Government’s plans to reopen grounds in his press conference last night and further delays in getting fans back have sparked fears that many Football League clubs could go to the wall. London clubs in all divisions are suffering but, without matchday revenue in the coming months, there are real fears for our clubs outside the Premier League. Bring back the fans: Evening Standard campaign Millwall, Charlton, QPR and Leyton Orient have joined West Ham in throwing their support behind the campaign, while Rice (right) has said “there has to be a time now where we can start letting fans back in gradually”. The 21-year-old, who was in the England team that beat Belgium 2-1 at an empty Wembley on Sunday, said: “I think if you asked half the Premier League players, probably all of them, if they wanted fans back, they would all tell you, ‘100 per cent’. “The other day, I saw a game at Dortmund where they let 12,000 in and I think that is the way we have got to start going — to let them back in gradually. “It is really odd playing without fans. Obviously, on the pitch, you do not feel the atmosphere as much. You feel it yourself that you have got to perform well, but [having] fans [there] gives you that extra edge. Without them it is really hard, so hopefully by the time the Euros come, everyone is back in, we are back to normal and we can get the fans back on our side.” More from our campaign Millwall, Charlton and QPR support our Bring Back the Fans campaign Bring back the fans: It’s not a real game without them- Southgate Bring back the fans: How tech will change the matchday experience Bring back the fans: £680m cost to local economies and vital projects Bring back the fans: Ian Wright joins our appeal to open up sport Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden (below) said yesterday that “now is not the right time to reopen stadiums”, but Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis has questioned why grounds remain closed while arts and music venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, are being allowed to open with audiences present.
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. “I am very supportive of the Standard’s Bring Back The Fans campaign. At Leyton Orient, we think we could have 2,500 to 3,000 people in and fully meet social-distancing criteria.” Millwall chief executive Steve Kavanagh said: “This has been an immensely difficult year for all of society and in business the situation continues to worsen. “As a Championship club, our primary revenue source is through ticket sales and other matchday income streams, none of which are currently available to us. Read more
Millwall, Charlton and QPR support our Bring Back the Fans campaign “We’re yet to learn of any scientific logic or reasoning as to why it isn’t possible for football fans to attend matches at stadiums while other social and leisure activities are permitted. We’re therefore fully supportive of the Evening Standard’s campaign.” Charlton hosted a successful test event at The Valley in September, when 1,000 supporters came through the turnstiles to support the team in a safe and socially-distant manner in their League One game against Doncaster. New Charlton owner Thomas Sandgaard said: “Just watching how it was all organised, it was one of the safest places to be in all of London, so I’m a little perplexed by it. “I hope that, well before the end of the season, we can get a few thousand fans back in the stadium. “It was a very safe and well-run event. Everyone at Charlton is supporting the Standard’s campaign. Sign the petition
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