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Source: Social Democratic and Labour Party of Northern Ireland

SDLP Sports Spokesperson Justin McNulty MLA has called on the Communities Minister to urgently clarify and communicate the guidance around NIFL Premiership Fans attending matches. 

Justin McNulty MLA said:

“It is unacceptable that countless fans who last night attended matches to cheer on their teams were either refused entry to grounds or ejected from the stands before the matches kicked off. The lack of communication resulted in more than disappointment as some fans actually travelled to games.” 

“Days after the new announcements were made by the Executive in relation to the new restrictions it would be reasonable to expect premiership club fans would be clear, as would the clubs in terms of what is permitted and not permitted.” 

“I hope the matter can be quickly cleared up so that the few fans that are permitted to attended elite sport matches can be there to cheer on the small number of teams that are allowed to continue playing.” 

“It is also imperative a package of supports is provided quickly to sporting clubs and organisations many of whom have not alone been prevented from collecting the gate receipts that sustain them financially but who have also been prevented from competing. 

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