July 7, 2022

‘It doesn’t make sense’ – The sport in Wales will be played behind closed doors due to COVID-19 as Cardiff City boss Steve Morison criticizes the move that bans fans but allows travel to England for away matches

The Welsh government has banned fans from attending sporting events that start on Boxing Day, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

However, Cardiff City manager Steve Morison told talkSPORT the new rules didn’t make sense and he “didn’t understand” the decision to bar fans from going to stadiums.

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The Welsh government announced its decision on Monday

The decision to play behind closed doors sporting events will also affect clubs playing in the English football league: Swansea City, Cardiff City and Newport County.

In a statement, the Welsh Minister for the Economy said: “The sporting events around Christmas are one of the highlights of the year. Unfortunately, the new omicron variant is a significant development in the pandemic and could cause a large number of infections.

“We must do all we can to protect people’s health and control the spread of this terrible virus.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have followed scientific and public health advice to keep people safe. The advice is clear: we must act now in response to the omicron threat. We inform people as much as possible about these decisions.

“The crowds will come back as soon as possible. We want everyone to be here to play their favorite sports.

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As it stands, Newport County will have to play Salford in front of an empty stadium on January 8

The Cardiff Blues rugby championship clash with the Scarlets, scheduled for Boxing Day, will be among the first matches affected by the decision

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The Cardiff Blues rugby championship clash with the Scarlets, scheduled for Boxing Day, will be among the first matches affected by the decision

Cardiff City had already seen its Boxing Day clash against Coventry City postponed before the new restrictions, due to ongoing COVID cases in the Bluebirds camp.

The Championship squad won’t play at Cardiff City Stadium until the New Year, January 9, and restrictions in Wales may well have changed by then.

However, their manager said the combination of an infected squad and the prospect of the lack of home fans will make his job of preparing his players even more difficult to be competitive in matches.

Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast Tuesday morning, former Millwall captain turned manager Morison said: “It’s incredibly difficult. It’s a decision that was made – I don’t even really understand it.

“You can go to the movies, but you can’t go to a football game, it doesn’t make sense.

“You can shop in Cardiff where there are thousands of people next to each other in a store, but you can’t go and watch a football game where you have to be vaccinated to come in and show you are negative to enter too.

The Cardiff manager said the training ground will remain closed until December 27, three days before their promotional trip in pursuit of Bournemouth.

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The Cardiff manager said the training ground will remain closed until December 27, three days before their promotional trip in pursuit of Bournemouth.

“… From our point of view, the Cardiff fans who will be traveling, the next ones are both away, so they will be able to enjoy these matches as they can take any means of public transport and travel by England. and watch the matches.

“We will have to try to make these two games as special as possible for those who travel. “

Steve Morison’s Cardiff is currently in 20th place in the English second tier after a difficult start to the season under the leadership of his predecessor Mick McCarthy.

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