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Report – Diminished Crowds Could Return For Start Of Next Season



The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle fans may soon get to cheer on the Magpies at St James Park once again. Though it will not be 52,000 strong. According to the report, the whole of next season could be played with a reduced number of fans in the stands.

This claim has both an upside as well as a downside. We fully expected next season to start with the matches behind closed doors. So if when September 12th rolls around, stadiums can house fans at a diminished capacity, that would be better than initially anticipated.


However, the problem is just when are things going to return to normal. The Mirror says it could be some time before restrictions on attendance at sporting events are lifted. The Mirror cites comments from James Calder, who has been working with the government and health officials.

Calder told the BBC that he doesn’t foresee a return to full stadiums until a vaccine is not only developed but widely dispersed amongst the public.

A cricket friendly between Surrey and Middlesex was played before a thousand fans last Sunday. There will also be a limited amount of fans allowed at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield beginning on Friday.

However, those events have a much more subdued crowd without the chanting and cheering that takes place at football matches. Calder says the spread of the virus through droplets will be a concern at football matches so socially distanced fans could be the norm for the foreseeable future.

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207 comments so far

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #161

    TyneMouth

    Indeed, it seems quite a few on here are PR.

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  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #162

    Vegan fishing again.

    The only one who doesn’t belong here out of every poster is you.

    There is not one single other poster I have doubts about than the irritant. Not even doubts I know for a fact he isn’t a fan. Taking the piss out of all of you especially you JAFfa cake

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 28, 2020 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #163

    Yeah, I guess the PL won’t make a statement, but if it fails it’ll filter through to us though, one way or another.

    The press will break it, then Ashley will speak, trying to salvage what he can from the situation. We’ll find out.

    2
  • Tackle from behind

    Jul 28, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #164

    Kevin V

    This graph should help to illustrate the current stance form all parties involved.
    It clearly shows Amanda, Asley and members of PiF and Ruebens all working to the same goal.

    https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2014/08/19/child-drawing_custom-1fe8bd0f68eb05c8781bdb2a4d894c8653be0ae0-s1600-c85.jpg

    6
  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #165

    Harrogate mag

    Jul 28, 2020 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #99
    Like the new blog word…..cabbage lickers …pmsl

    Ive got one as well…….

    Opticians

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #166

    Jail

    Just for the record…

    I couldn’t give a rats to$$ what you think.

    About anything.

    5
  • Just a fan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #167

    Mund
    So sorry you dislike Kev so I have to.
    Me bad.

    4
  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #168

    Welshie…meant saying mate…lol

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #169

    Tackle

    The proof we’ve all been waiting for at last… I’m all turned around on the subject. Looking at that, I don’t see any possible way it could fail!!

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  • onmeedsun

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #170

    Magic mag
    I agree 100%. I desperately want to see the back of Ashley but don’t just want anyone. This could be the last chance we get for some years to get an owner that will move the club forward. The PIF would give us that, but they have to sort out the piracy and play ball with the PL process. We are now finding out how hard it is to deal with certain MEast countries. Staveley, sort them out!

    4
  • ToonTime

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #171

    @VTM Comment 146
    The only way you can base the decision on fact or record is if they had both managed the same team, at the same time with the same circumstances. Otherwise it is subjective and simply your opinion over someone else’s.
    Would Bruce have done better this season if he had had the 25 goals of Rondon and Perez versus the 7 of Joelinton and Gayle? Who knows!?
    Would they have finished the season stronger if they hadn’t already secured safety about 5 games earlier than last season? Who knows!?
    All of your comments just reflect your personal opinion. That is a FACT!

    3
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #172

    Mund
    So sorry you dislike Kev so I have to. EH.

    2
  • TyneMouth

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #173

    To argue with Kevin, who has consistently rejected the existence of a take-over, is like administrating medicine to the dead…

    10
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #174

    Could be fun time for Premiership
    Sued by Bournemouth
    Sued by The Saudis
    Sued by Ashley
    No sympathies making a mockery of football on

    13
  • Davas28

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #175

    KV
    I’m not getting involved in this repetitive argument but I’m curious to know who exactly you think are PR?

    1
  • VanToonMan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #176

    Toon Time – Saying that Rafa is overall a better manager than Bruce is a fact not opinion.

    The comparison in their records as managers makes that a fact! Who has won more trophies? Who has a higher win percentage.

    Again – why can people not understand simple concepts. Baffling.

    8
  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #177

    JAFfa cake I don’t say don’t like him that’s not what my business; what I’m saying is open your eyes you blind bat he is duping you he isn’t a fan.

    2
  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #178

    anglo all clueless mate or maybe just on the wind up like the irritant

    2
  • Jib

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #179

    Charlie
    It’s Hawkeye that B’Mouth are suing
    for this
    https://pbs.twimg.com/ad_img/1288046699869609985/k8BHqgAw?format=jpg&name=large

    2
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #180

    Mund don’t think JAF ever been to a match mate, they’re too rough for him.

    2
  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #181

    Kate Stewart Flag of United KingdomRoseFlag of Saudi Arabia
    @KateStewart22
    Let’s get clear on this. Yesterday, the International Governing Body in control of AL football
    @FIFAcom
    thanked and praised Saudi Arabia for its commitment to the game. They also referred to KSA as “our good friend” ?
    Yet Masters has the nerve to dither over the #NUFCTakeover?

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  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #182

    Anglo JAF might want to check the lads down the road might be more his style 😉

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  • VanToonMan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #184

    Toon Time

    Just to hammer home the point even though I really should not because it really is a simple concept to understand:

    Steve Bruce (honours as manager):

    Birmingham City – football league first division playoffs – 2002 and Championship Runner Up in 2006-2007

    Hull City Championship Runner Up 2012-13, FA Cup Runner up 2013-2014, Championship playoff 2016

    Rafa Benitez (honours as manager)

    …do I really need to write this all out or has the concept become easy to understand? lol if I do, I will do it in a separate message box.

    10
  • The Prince's Mate

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #185

    WLtoon

    How’s your walk going? It’s something I could fancy after sitting on my ass all these weeks… Oh, don’t touch those bananas… We might have to sign them up for next season….

    1
  • Just a fan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #186

    Mund.
    I think I will make my own mind up on that one.
    Meanwhile I will get back in my “hole”and let you get on with persuading others to your point of view.

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  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #187

    JAFfa cake ok fella you do what you like kidda. You carry on being duped in the end there will only be you with egg on his face. Every other supporter he had with the likes of you have gone and there’s only you left.

    Ask why that is?

    1
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #188

    Well that’s you told Mr Mund, handbags.

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #189

    Jib

    This shot (Villa no goal) is even more telling.
    It even looks like the pic was taken by one of their own camera – so why did no one look at this picture????????

    https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2020/06/17/19/screenshot-2020-06-17-at-19.01.37.png?w968

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #190

    Anglo got me told there like didnt he 😎

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #191

    HAHAHA.

    0
  • The Prince's Mate

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #192

    Warnock staying on at the smoggies… Might get them back in the prem??

    2
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #193

    Not sure you can reasonably attack the PL here, other than to say they should be more transparent about the progress of the application. The consortium need to satisfactorily pass all the requirements of the test. There is little doubt the bid has issues, and you get the sense the Saudi’s are slow in getting all their ducks in a row.

    4
  • Davas28

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #194

    I’m not sure but I think VAR wasn’t allowed to overrule the goal line technology. Failure in the process if that’s the case.

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  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #195

    Remember going to play off final to watch Monte darlo in 96…Warnock was Plymouth boss that day…..didn’t like him then either

    1
  • The Prince's Mate

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #196

    Sports minister Huddleston passing the buck, it’s nowt to do with him (the fakeover)

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #197

    Referees are well paid
    All they have to do is get decisions right for 90mins
    The folk up in the stand should have the power to overrule
    Hawk Eye and suggest the ref takes a look at footage

    4
  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #198

    What a hole Wembley was…..

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #199

    Davas28, wasn’t Var as such was the buzzer on the ref’s wrist mate, faulty. Should have checked with Var, ref’s mistake.

    0
  • DaveD1000

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #200

    aren’t they supposed to be reviewing the whole VAR/Hawkeye thing under Collina this summer?

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