Football fans have warned that plans to exclude fans who are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus from participating in Premier League games from October could lead to “chaos” at some clubs.
Football Supporters’ Association chairman Malcolm Clarke warned that the government’s proposal to make vaccination records compulsory for events with more than 20,000 attendees needs to be managed “very carefully”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also faced further criticism from Conservative Conservatives who have already opposed plans to introduce their use for nightclub entry this fall.
Talks with the Premier League are at an early stage to consider whether supporters who have not been double stabbed could be denied entry, the PA expects.
The use of vaccine passports could also be expanded to lower leagues and other sports in England as ministers seek to reduce the surge in Covid-19 cases as other restrictions are lifted.
Although final decisions have not yet been made, there are discussions as to whether vaccination records could be introduced for events with seats with a capacity of 20,000 people and more.
For non-seated events, such as music concerts, where there are major concerns about the mixing and spread of Covid-19 by strangers, the threshold for introducing them could be as low as 5,000 attendees.
Fans outside Wembley after the Euro 2020 group match between England and Scotland (Aaron Chown / PA)
Clarke, whose organization claims more than 500,000 members, warned that some football fans could no longer attend the games “if this is not handled very carefully”.
“I think if they want to do this with large crowds they have to have the resources to do the controls. I’m not convinced that all football clubs will do this in a way that won’t cause chaos, ”he told Times Radio.
“There will certainly be some football fans for whom this will be an incentive, who are desperately trying to get back into the ground and watch their teams.
“There may be others who say, ‘You know what, I’ve got used to going without going to the games and that’s the last straw, I’m not coming back.’ How it will break down between these two groups and everything in between, I don’t want to predict. “
The Prime Minister sparked a backlash when he made the nightclubs announcement on Monday, lifting most of England’s remaining coronavirus restrictions and allowing the venues to reopen for the first time since March last year.
He said vaccine passports could also be made an entry requirement for “other places where large crowds gather”, adding, “Evidence of a negative test will no longer be sufficient.”
Whether the recent negative tests could allow access to football matches is an area that remains to be discussed.
On Saturday night, a government source said, “It is important that fans can continue to watch sporting events this fall, so we are looking into the role vaccines could play in this.”
“Not only will this allow for full-capacity stadiums, but it also has the added benefit of giving people of all ages an incentive to get their jab.”
Shadow Sports Minister Jo Stevens said Labor opposed denial of access to Covid vaccination status alone without the use of tests, which the party believes are “more efficient”.
“If you insist on vaccination records less than a month before the season starts, it will cause significant disruption, especially for clubs at the bottom of the pyramid,” she added.
However, mandatory use in the Premier League starting in October would give time to gradually take advantage of their use with the season starting August 14th.
The English Football League declined to comment, but it is believed contingency plans were discussed in case the government advised the use of vaccine passports.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Wembley (Mike Egerton / PA)
But Mr Johnson would face a struggle to get legislation requiring their use by the House of Commons, which many backbench Tories are also vehemently opposed to.
On Sunday, senior conservative Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs committee that has so far supported coronavirus laws, said: “Vaccine passports risk a social credit control system.
“If we need a vaccine for events like a party conference or nightclub, why not take the train, go to a university lecture, or go to a store? What other decisions lead to a denial of service? “
Senior Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance has warned that nightclubs have the potential to cause “very common events” but it is unclear how much soccer games play a role in the spread of Covid-19.
However, there were concerns about fans traveling to London during Euro 2020 after figures from Public Health Scotland showed nearly 1,300 Covid-19 cases were linked to fans at events when Scotland faced England in the group stage.
According to official information, these included 397 people who took part in the confrontation in Wembley on June 18.