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Man Utd executive Woodward calls for fans to be let back in

MANCHESTER, England: Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has urged the British government to follow European nations and begin to allow fans back into stadiums, saying he is frustrated by inconsistencies in the approach to COVID-19 restrictions.

Fans have been barred from games in England's professional leagues since a lockdown in March and all games are currently played without supporters.

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On Wednesday, United reported they had slumped to a net loss of 23.2 million pounds (US$30.3 million) in the last financial year.

"While we recognise that public health must always be the priority, what is needed is consistency of approach," Woodward said on a call with investors.

"If people are allowed to sit in a plane for hours, or in the cinema, or even watch football in a cinema, why not outside, in a stadium environment which is professionally managed and controlled?

"If indoor concerts are allowed, why should outdoor, socially-distanced football fans be treated differently? Fans are the bedrock of this game and some of the inconsistencies out there are frustrating for Read More – Source