Paris: The French government has become the latest government to impose restrictions on participation in public events to combat the predominant Omicron variant of COVID-19, causing even more financial distress to the sport. France has announced that it will limit the participation of 5,000 people outdoors and 2,000 people indoors for three weeks starting next Monday.
This is a measure that Pierre Benia, the secretary of La Rochel, the finalist of the European Champions Cup, described as “a big blow to professional rugby.” The French follow the Scottish, Wales, and Irish governments in deciding that restrictions are needed as Omicron becomes established. South African cricket authorities have also decided to hold three test series with India in a closed room.
This latest limit comes after a few months of crowd bans around the world when COVID first occurred in 2020. Positive tests within the club have increased the postponement of matches and have recently hit sports competitions around the world. The final round of the French Top 14 Rugby program on Sunday and Monday has been decimated and 15 games have been postponed in the English Premier League in the past few weeks.
However, England has not taken steps to reduce the size of the crowd in exchange for claiming either proof of vaccination or negative tests performed within the last 48 hours. Revenues lost from postponed matches can be recovered at least at a later date when they are finally played. But for those who do in front of a declining crowd, they won’t make up for their losses unless the government comes up with a compensation package.
Vannes on the 4th division side of France was looking forward to the financial success of welcoming the French giant Paris Saint-Germain at the French Cup on Monday. Their dreams have been shattered as 9,600 sold out have now dropped to 5,000 and, according to President Maxime Ray, a loss of € 250,000 ($ 282,000) has been lost. “We are missing out on what is lucky for us,” he said.
“Disproportionate to reality”
The Welsh government did so while the French government was considering a compensation package. Economic Minister Vaughan Getching has announced that a £ 3 million ($ 3.97 million) spectator sports fund will be available to support clubs affected by the loss of income. However, in the case of a Welsh rugby club that cannot compensate for the loss caused by the absence of any spectators.
Scarlets and Cardiff Bruce have already licked their wounds with losses of £ 250,000 (€ 297,000 and $ 335,000), respectively, due to a trip to South Africa where the match was postponed due to COVID. Both will face their Welsh opponents on January 1st. Usually, it is a money spinner because you can expect a full stadium during the festival. The United Rugby Championship is preparing for further defeats.
Scarlets Chairman Simon Muderak said: For Irish rugby as well, the scenario is dark where the government imposes a capacity of 50% or 5,000 (whichever is less) in the outdoor venue, which will continue until January 30th. The date is before the beginning of Six Nations-Ireland. Host Wales on February 5th.
However, Philip Brown spoke at the final press conference in November before resigning as CEO of the Irish Rugby Football Union, revealing the implications of a re-decrease in spectators. “It will turn us over and make us difficult again.” If things change in England, Lee Bracket, head coach of Wasp, the British Premiership, thinks there is only one option. I am. “I don’t think anyone wants it for three or four weeks without supporters,” he said. “In that case, you need to check for circuit damage.”
Blackett is reassuring for now, but far from the case in Greece. The Greek government has ordered a new measure to take effect on January 3, allowing the stadium to hold 10% of its total capacity for at least two weeks. The Greek football club could barely hide their anger in the Super League, which unanimously voted against Tuesday’s plans. “The Super League estimates that a 10 percent limit is equivalent to a complete closure of the stadium,” they said in a statement. “It’s actually disproportionate.” — AFP
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