Welsh football clubs are calling for a joint UK approach to fans returning to stadiums – as a deviation in Wales could lead to English clubs holding a significant competitive advantage during the EFL Play-Off games.
Currently, the plan for fans returning to stadiums is different in Wales than it is in England, where they could return from 17th May. This potentially creates an issue for Welsh clubs.
With Swansea City, Newport County and Cardiff City all holding a realistic prospect of qualifying for the Play-Offs, there is serious concern around the competitive disadvantage that Welsh clubs could find themselves in if fans are able to return in England but not in Wales.
Myles Langstone, Senedd Candidate for Gower, met with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium to discuss the issue, along with his colleagues Andrew RT Davies, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, and Tom Giffard, Senedd Candidate for South Wales West.
Myles Langstone said: “If the Swans reach the Championship plays offs we may not be able to have fans at the Liberty – but our opponents in England could have the competitive advantage of having the support of their home fans at their stadium.
“As a Swans fan, I know how important the home support can be to pushing the team on and helping to get the best out of the players. Over a two-leg play off, with games played home and away, this would be deeply unfair. The Welsh Government need to act to ensure that the return of fans follows the scientific evidence and follow a UK-wide approach.
“I want the Swans to be given the best possible chance of reaching the Premier League again and fairness in the approach to fans is vital to that. If fans can return safely in England, then they should return safely here too. I urge the Welsh Government in the strongest terms to put this right.”