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Coronavirus: No timeline for fans’ return to football stadiums | Football News

first_imgHowever, the former chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Damian Collins MP, said that the Government “did not ask Netflix to bail out the arts”.Huddleston said: “(Julian Knight, MP for Solihull) said he believed it would be absurd for taxpayers money to be used to bail out or support elite football. I have to say I largely agree with him,” said Huddleston.“It is absolutely vital, and I have said this from the beginning, that football should look after itself – we mean at the elite levels.“The honourable member said there is enough money in football but it is poorly distributed. I’m afraid we are seeing that at this moment in time.“The idea that we should be using public money, our constituents’ money, to bail them out is just not acceptable. I appeal to them to come to a compromise as soon as possible.“I appeal to the EFL and Premier League to continue the very important conversations they are having.” Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston has stated that it is the Government’s intention to see fans return to football stadiums “as soon as possible”.However, at a debate attended by ministers at Westminster Hall on Monday, Huddleston laid out no timeline for pilot events to resume or a date for a lifting of restrictions.- Advertisement – Jonathan Gullis, the Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, called the debate and stated: “As of December 2 I will be expecting to see an announcement that fans are coming back into football stadiums.”- Advertisement – Pressure is growing on the Government to allow supporters to return to football stadiums after coronavirus lockdown restrictions lift on December 2.Ministers debated the issue of supporters returning to grounds at all levels – which was intended to happen in October before Covid-19 cases began to rise once more – after a petition backed by the Premier League and Football League garnered nearly 200,000 signatures. “The Government does understand the financial implications of not allowing fans back into stadia from October 1 and we have worked tirelessly to get sports back up and running over the past few months, albeit behind closed doors. Premier League matches are being played in empty stadiumsImage:Premier League matches are being played in empty stadiums 2,500 fans watched Brighton's pre-season friendly against Chelsea on August 29Image:2,500 fans watched Brighton’s pre-season friendly against Chelsea on August 29 “Pilots were pivotal and have been very successful, they have been excellent learning points and learning opportunities. And that work has not been wasted as it is helping inform the decision-making process and we want to get pilots back and get fans back in stadia as soon as possible.“We have had a plan from very, very early on in the first lockdown and it has been explicitly stated and is out there, but what we have had to do on a couple of occasions, unfortunately, is press the pause button. But we want to get back to the plan as quickly as we can.“A big challenge we are facing, however, is how spectators travel to and from venues and how that might impact on transmission rates.“But we are committed to getting spectators back as soon as possible and we are working with the STIG (Sports Technology Innovation Group) group to analyse new technologies which might support the return of spectators.”Huddleston added that, when it came to financial support at the elite level, “football should be expected to look after itself”. – Advertisement – Huddleston replied that the Government are working “tirelessly” to try to achieve that but while conceding that transmission rates were low inside grounds due to them being open air, he said there remained issues around fans arriving at and gathering around stadia.“I am fully aware of the importance of getting fans back in stadia, not just for football but for all elite sports,” said Huddleston.“The point made by several members today that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be appropriate, and we are paying attention to what is happening in other countries.- Advertisement – Nigel Huddleston believes the Premier League can offer help to EFL clubs, amid the coronavirus pandemicImage:Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston didn’t provide a timeline for the return of fanslast_img read more

Sumitomo Acquires 30% Stake in Northwester 2

first_imgAs of 24 August, Japan-based Sumitomo Corporation holds a 30% stake in the Northwester 2 offshore wind project, developed by Parkwind in the Belgian sector of the North Sea. After Parkwind and Summit Tailwind Belgium, part of the Sumitomo Corporation, submitted a notification of concentration to the European Commission for the acquisition of the joint control over the 219MW offshore wind farm, the Commission approved the acquisition of joint control at the end of July.Prior to the takeover, the Northwester 2 shareholders’ list included Parkwind (46%), Colruyt (30%), Incontrol (14%) and TTR (10%).The wind farm will feature 23 MHI Vestas 9.5MW wind turbines slated for installation in late 2019 and scheduled for commissioning in 2020.Northwester 2 is the fourth Belgian offshore wind farm in which Parkwind and Sumitomo held shares as the two companies also hold shares in the 165MW Belwind, the 216MW Northwind, and the 165MW Nobelwind.last_img read more

Getting to know Denver

first_imgGetting to Know: University of DenverSyracuse will face Denver in the final four. Let’s take a look inside the rising power from Colorado.Record: 14-4 (6-1 Eastern College Athletic Conference)About the ECAC: The Eastern College Athletic Conference started in 2000 and has eight members including defending national champion Loyola (Md.), Ohio State, Michigan, Bellarmine, Fairfield, Hobart, and Air Force. Loyola played its final season in the ECAC in 2013, as the Greyhounds are moving to the Patriot League.The Season Thus Far: The Pioneers have suffered four losses, but almost all have come down to the wire. Two of the four losses came in overtime, and the margin of defeat in regulation losses was just a combined six goals. Denver didn’t win its conference tournament, falling to Ohio State 11-10 in overtime.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe road to Lincoln Financial Field was arduous for the Pioneers. Denver topped the Thompsons of Albany 19-14 in the first round before taking on North Carolina in the quarterfinal. Against the Tar Heels, Denver rallied from a six-goal deficit to win 12-11 and punch its ticket to Philadelphia.By the Numbers:56- The number of goals Wes Berg has scored this year, good for second in the country. He has averaged 3.11 goals per game during the 2013 season, fourth most in the nation.12.67- The number of goals per game the Pioneers average, which ranks fifth in the country, and third amongst the four teams in the final four. Syracuse sits at 13th nationally with 11.72, which places SU last out of the final four teams.57.8- The percentage of faceoffs Chase Carraro has won over the course of this season, ranking 14th in the nation.9.67- Denver’s average goals allowed per game. The defense isn’t bad either as the Pioneers are tied for 21st in the country in goals against average.Neutral is the new poor: While Denver has not lost in enemy territory, going 4-0 on the road, the Pioneers are 3-3 at neutral sites. Denver has come together in the tournament, but the ECAC conference championship game loss to Ohio State in Geneva, N.Y., shows signs of susceptibility in big games at neutral sites. Comments Published on May 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more