Staffordshire CC will not allow fans at Non League grounds in Tier 3

Sat 19 Dec 2020 - 2:52PM

Despite an announcement by the FA that supporters may be permitted to return to grounds in Tier 3 if football recommences, a joint statement by Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Police issued yesterday stated that this would not be permitted at any non league club in Staffordshire.

In the letter received the statement said

'We are aware from the FA guidance in circulation that suggestion has been made that approval has been given by the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) to the FA to permit spectators at grassroots level, however nothing has been forthcoming from this government department to confirm this agreement. ............. 'Having reviewed the law, available government guidance, the generic Tier 3 guidance, the specific grass roots guidance and the guidance submitted by the FA, we have concluded that given the current infection rates with the virus in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent, in the absence of evidence from the DCMS, a robust interpretation of the law and guidance is required and so, pending any later clarification, fans must not be allowed to attend any adult non-league football matches while the local authorities remain in Tier 3.'

You can read the full letter here

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