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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

The stat that sums up the misery of watching Unai Emery’s directionless Arsenal side

first_img James GoldmanThursday 7 Nov 2019 10:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link152Shares The stat that sums up the misery of watching Unai Emery’s directionless Arsenal side Advertisement Unai Emery’s position at Arsenal is under threat after a series of soporific performances (Picture: Getty)In isolation a 1-1 draw away from home in Europe, having fielded a much-changed side three days ahead of a potentially decisive fixture, was by no means a disaster, but the nature of Arsenal’s performance in rain-sodden Guimaraes neatly encapsulated the sheer misery of watching Unai Emery’s increasingly directionless team.When Arsenal were at their best under Arsene Wenger, opposition teams would attempt to harry and unsettle the gifted technicians he had at his disposal, starve them of possession and disrupt their momentum.Emery’s team, by contrast, are at their least threatening when they are dominating the ball. Against Sheffield United recently, the back five were allowed to pass the ball between themselves for over a minute without ever threatening to break a line, or attempt a pass that would generate a semblance of attacking impetus.AdvertisementAdvertisementEventually, Sokratis Papastathopoulos was boxed in by the corner flag, provided Calum Chambers with a hospital pass which forced the makeshift right-back to concede possession by hoofing the ball up the line in the general direction of Nicolas Pepe.ADVERTISEMENTAgainst Vitoria, Emery selected different personnel and a different formation but the result was the same with Pepe was reduced to the role of a £72million set-piece specialist, Dani Ceballos forced to drop agonisingly deep to receive the ball, before his hamstring twanged, while the sight of Gabriel Martinelli rushing to the sidelines to seek clarification from his coach as to what exactly he wanted from him summed up the confusion which appears to be rife. Commentcenter_img Advertisement Arsenal completed just one pass into the Vitoria penalty area from open play (Picture: StatsZone) Arsenal goalscorer Shkodran Mustafi’s jot was short lived against Vitoria (Picture: Getty)Arsenal eventually took the lead when Pepe’s free-kick was headed home at the far post by Shkodran Mustafi with 10 minutes remaining, representing Arsenal’s only shot on target throughout the 90 minutes and, staggeringly, one of only five overall that made its way successfully into the Vitoria penalty area, none of which came from open play .It ought to be impossible but when eight of the top nine pass combinations were between defenders, this is the result.Moreover, it came as no surprise as Arsenal conspired to blow their advantage for a fourth game in succession when Bruno Duarte volleyed home in injury time, and worse so nearly followed when tragi-hero Mustafi came with in an inch of scoring his second own goal in the space of a week.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘They are very defensive with a big defensive structure,’ said Emery afterwards, attempting to explain Arsenal’s lack of potency.The irony was not lost on a fanbase who have been worn down by the Spaniard’s own safety first approach, no matter the level of opposition, and defeat at Leicester on Saturday, the majority hope, would at least force the change of leadership this club desperately appears to require.Should Arsenal sack Unai Emery if they lose vs LeicesterYes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Charlie Nicholas says Arsenal have got worse since Unai Emery replaced Arsene WengerMORE: Paul Merson defends Granit Xhaka over row with Arsenal fans: ‘He gives everything he can’last_img read more