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Cullen calls for return to stadiums roadmap

MPs to debate an e-petition on Monday which has called for return of fans to stadiums...

9 November 2020

Executive Director Andrew Cullen has called on the governing bodies to provide a roadmap for a return of supporters to football stadiums.

Members of Parliament will, today, debate a petition, signed by over 199,000 people, which calls for the return of fans to professional football will be debated in Westminster Hall by MPs.

Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio, Cullen recognised that any return will have to come after the current lockdown has been eased but hopes that today’s debate will provide clarity as to when fans will be allowed to return to watch football matches.

“What we need is a roadmap towards opening our stadiums once again and welcoming our supporters back,” he told Andy Collins during the Breakfast on BBC Three Counties Radio show.

“We want to know, when this Lockdown is over, what happens next and, particularly for clubs in lower-tier areas, hopefully it means we can come back very, very soon.

“In September, there were a number of pilots were run at various grounds and everyone came away really happy with how it went. The SGSA (Sports Ground Safety Authority) were very comfortable with what was happening and we believe so were the governing bodies.

“We at MK Dons have developed a number of algorithms which will allow people to sit within their social bubbles but socially distant from everyone else. We could comfortably get around 7,500 people inside Stadium MK under those measures.

“We were ready to go on October 1 with that and it’s frustrating that we couldn’t do that. Hopefully we can get to a point, soon, where people can come back and watch their football club and bring back some degree of normality.”

Should anybody wish to watch or listen, the session will be live from 4.30pm – 6pm here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYU-qzMgWog


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