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COVID-19: the return of football fans

Bond, AJ, Cockayne, D, Ludvigsen, JAL, Maguire, K, Parnell, D, Plumley, D, Widdop, P and Wilson, R (2020) COVID-19: the return of football fans. Managing Sport and Leisure. ISSN 2375-0472

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Abstract

COVID-19 has sent a shockwave into society and sport. As result of this, sport and football resuming without spectators - fans or supporters, has brought a number of financial issues that has threatened the sustainability and future of many clubs. This commentary unpicks what has happened and some of the tensions, decision-making and consequences surrounding the return of spectators. The commentary presents the case that spectators are key to the survival of football clubs and that the United Kingdom Government must reverse their decision to not let spectators return. Now more than ever, these words hold substance, meaning and truly matter to clubs and their networked communities, “Football without fans is nothing”.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Managing Sport and Leisure on 2/11/2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23750472.2020.1841449
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 13:07
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 13:15
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/23750472.2020.1841449
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14401

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