Petition for fans to be allowed back into stadiums

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Watching Soccer Special on Sky. Jeff Stelling said that Hartlepool are playing at Ilkestonin a qualifying round of the FA Cup.
He said that a crowd of 2500 is expected as supporters are allowed at Ilkeston's level (tier 8 I think).
If the tie had been at Hartlepool no supporters would have been permitted.
Is that crazy or is that crazy?


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The usual patronising token gesture of a reply from the government. It’s hard to see the point of these petitions.

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Allow football fans to attend matches at all levels”.

Government responded:

We will take the earliest opportunity to look again at getting spectators safely back into stadia but this must clearly be done carefully against the prevailing health conditions.
Football clubs form the bedrock of our communities and play a vital role in the local economy. Their importance has been clearly demonstrated throughout the pandemic with clubs at all levels providing incredible support to their area.
That is why the Government is committed to supporting sports clubs up and down the country, with many football clubs benefitting from the Government’s unprecedented financial support to businesses.
The Government is fully aware of the importance of getting spectators back into stadia for many sports, and the financial consequences of the decision not to allow this from 1 October. The evidence received from the Chief Medical Officer was very clear that at a time of rapidly rising infections, and when the Government was considering restrictions elsewhere, it was not the right time to undertake any further easements.
We will continue to work closely with a whole range of sports to understand the latest thinking that might allow spectators to return. This includes the creation of a new Sports Technology Innovation Working Group of sporting bodies and health experts to analyse new technologies which might support this. This will supplement the draft government guidance, and the SGSA supplementary guidance to their Green Guide, which has been internationally welcomed.
We are committed to getting spectators back into stadia as soon as it is safe to do so.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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Just watching Ilkeston Town v Hartlepool United. Great to see a crowd but I assume the Rule of 6 doesn't apply in Derbyshire? Social distancing virtually non - existent.

And because Hartlepool are classed as 'elite', there are no away fans.