Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham, has spoken in a Westminster Hall Debate on an e-petition relating to spectator attendance at football matches during covid-19.
Speaking in the debate, Richard commented on the issues that have been faced by clubs throughout the pandemic. He spoke on behalf of his clubs, particularly Consett, Tow Law, Crook and Willington, whose owners have put thousands of pounds of their own money into supporting their own clubs. He spoke about the enormous drop in revenues that many clubs have seen, and said that, when the lockdown ends, fans need to be allowed back into grounds. He spoke about the health and safety measures that can be implemented and how important returning to football is for both players and fans, and that the impact on the community of not being able to access football clubs has been devastating.
This follows Richard’s concerns about limited ticket numbers for the FA Vase final, which was eventually postponed (read about this here) and his conversations with Ministers about the future of football, which you can read about here.
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