No popcorn for David Moyes as West Ham boss calls for Government to explain why fans cannot attend games at stadium but can watch Man City clash at cinema 500 metres away
- David Moyes calls on the Government to explain why fans can’t attend games
- West Ham fans will be able to watch the Man City game at a nearby cinema
- The move to keep fans out has been described as ‘absurdity’ by one group
- Moyes has said ‘it’s not right’ for fans to be kept out of open air stadiums
David Moyes has called on the Government to explain why fans cannot watch West Ham’s game against Manchester City in their stadium, but can watch it inside a nearby cinema.
Stratford’s Vue Cinema at the Westfield shopping centre is showing the lunchtime kick-off and Moyes said: ‘I feel it’s not right. People going to watch a game in a cinema, close to here… why can we not be sitting outside in the open air doing it?
‘Maybe there are other reasons — maybe it’s the travelling on the Tube, the bus, maybe it’s the pubs. But if that is the case, please come out and give us an explanation as to why we can’t do it.’
David Moyes has called on the Government to explain why they are keeping fans out of games
The match will be shown at the Vue cinema in Westfield Stratford just minutes from the ground
The Football Supporters’ Federation have slammed the ‘absurdity’ of fans being allowed into stadiums to watch their club’s games on TV — but not sit in the stands to see the live action.
Norwich, Millwall and Hull are among a number of clubs who will on Saturday have spectators attending screenings of their home fixtures from hospitality areas inside their grounds.
In the last week, Bristol City and Middlesbrough have also televised home games from suites at their stadiums, with curtains drawn to block fans from any view of the pitch.
Saturday’s Premier League clash will remain behind closed doors amid the coronavirus crisis
A supporter group has described the move to keep fans out of football games as ‘absurdity’
‘This clubhouse phenomenon illustrates the absurdity of it all,’ FSF chair Malcolm Clarke told Sportsmail. ‘It is totally illogical and bizarre.
‘Football clubs have done a great deal of work with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to make sure grounds are compliant with the relevant health requirements.
‘Fans cannot understand how you can watch the game indoors in a corporate facility with a pint or a meal, but the moment you go the other side of the curtain it is suddenly unsafe, even though you are then outside?
‘It makes no sense and it shows that the rules are illogical and inconsistent.’
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