London Palladium packed for Arsene Wenger event whilst football fans remain banned from stadiums


Football fans remain banned from stadiums

The Covid-19 pandemic has, of course, majorly impacted football at all levels.

But whilst most Premier League clubs are able to rely on TV money and backing from incredibly wealthy owners, the story lower down the leagues is much more concerning.

Back in March, football in England would, of course, be brought to a halt as the country went into lockdown and tried to control the virus.

And after a decline in cases, football was eventually allowed to return to our screens back in July.

Fans were not allowed into stadiums at the time, but there were plans in place for some fans to be allowed back into stadiums from the 1st of October.

There were even a number of successful test events in August and September which saw a reduced number of fans allowed into some games, including a friendly clash between Chelsea and Brighton.

However, with Covid-19 once again on the rise in the UK, those plans were subsequently put on hold, with it even claimed last month that fans may not be able to return to stadiums until March of 2021.

This, obviously, would be devastating for many lower-league sides, whose survival is largely dependent on matchday revenue.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 05: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger event packed

But with the UK seemingly in the midst of a ‘second wave’, football fans and clubs may have been understanding and compliant about no returns to stadiums just yet.

However, given crowds are currently allowed to attend live indoor entertainment at theatres, this does beg the question, why aren’t at least some fans allowed to return to stadiums?

Said debate was reignited once again on Monday evening after Arsene Wenger held an event at the London Palladium.

‘An evening with Arsene Wenger’ took place on October 12th and as shown in the images below, the theatre was full of people.

Granted some people were wearing masks and there was some social distancing in place.

But if that many people can sit inside a packed theatre, surely a few thousand football fans should be allowed to return to stadiums right now?

Wenger on Ozil & the English game

Whilst it probably wouldn’t make much difference to teams like Manchester City, having 1,000 fans able to watch a lower-league side would no doubt be huge for them.

Arsene Wenger has also recently had his say on the English game, suggesting that perhaps the Government should get involved to help save clubs:

As well as the English game as a whole, the Frenchman has recently discussed a number of other topics, including Mesut Ozil.

The German hasn’t featured for the Gunners since all the way back in March, and when discussing the man he signed from Real Madrid, Wenger voiced the opinion that Ozil is being wasted and the north Londoners need to find a way to get him back involved:

“I feel it is a waste for him.

“Firstly because he’s in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most. And it’s a waste for the club as well because he’s a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.

“The way football is going at the moment it’s quick counter-pressing, quick transitions and everybody plays the same. It’s kicked out players like Ozil. Although let’s not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played at Real Madrid.

“He’s been the record player of assists, so you have to find a way to get him involved again.”

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