The return of fans to be debated in Parliament


Parliament will discuss the possibility of crowds returning to football stadiums after a petition reached nearly 200,000 signatures.

The issue is set to be debated by MP’s on the 9th November.

Football supporters have not been allowed into top-flight grounds since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March.

Plans to trial the re-entry of spectators were set for September but were later scrapped due to a rise in cases.

This news will be well received in the Midlands, with Aston Villa, West Brom, Wolves, and Birmingham City all suffering from the financial loss that games with no attendance has caused.

Earlier this month, Birmingham City FC publicly backed a petition to allow fans to return to stadiums in England.

In a statement on their website, the club said: ” The Club has been working tirelessly in efforts to bring back supporters to St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium. 

“We have engaged with local government in addition to regular contact with The EFL, local authorities and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA).”

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The Championship Club, who currently share their ground with fellow rivals Coventry City, have not played in front of their fans in over 6 months.

They were one of many clubs who publicly backed the petition which has seen the issue put to politicians

They said: ” Blues are also supporting the petition that is currently live on the UK Government and Parliament website to allow football fans to attend matches at all levels.

“The petition highlights the power of football and the benefits it brings to people’s lives, it’s association with passion, emotion, excitement and football’s importance to the UK economy.”


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