I was delighted to read the Scottish Government’s clinical director, Jason Leitch, say there are strong advocates from within the Government that football fans will at one point be encouraged to leave pubs when watching games and instead attend in socially distanced numbers at outdoor stadiums.
It will not apparently happen next month, but there may be a trial when the national flags can fly when Scotland team plays in September.
You and I can only wonder when the Government’s scientists will find evidence that an easily policed outdoor arena will become as safe from Covid-19 as thousands of indoor pubs across Scotland.
Pubs, with their drinking, exchange of money, regular toilet use and the legendary increase in judgement that comes after alcohol is consumed, are clearly the safest places to watch football. If this was not the case, your government would stop fans gathering in them to cheer on their teams and celebrate goals.
And remember, to make watching football in pubs extra safe, the government decided you do not need to wear masks when inside a pub. Yes, masks are important, but only in shops, if you go to a pub this weekend to watch football, none of those shouting and celebrating will be wearing a mask.
By contrast, football stadiums, with their designated and easily dispersed seating, blanket CCTV monitored from dedicated police facilities, all that outdoor air and with masks used by everyone in a spectator area, are clearly more dangerous to public health than gatherings in pubs.
They would not be able to sell alcohol at football stadiums, so unlike pubs, would need to rely on the sober judgement of spectators to ensure safety procedures were respected. And I don’t need to tell you how ineffective sober judgement is compared to how easily drunk people find following rules.
To suggest that it is worse (as I stupidly thought) for public health to gather in pubs to watch games this weekend, instead of socially distances in stadiums, is ridiculous. If this was not the case, what would it say about your governments regard for you or your health?
This is typical of recent politicians’ involvement in football. Not content will kettling fans, or trying to make political dissent illegal, they are happy to throw the masses they pretend to care about together in pubs at greater risk to public health, rather than actually listen to reason from outside their logic-defying bubble. Whenever I see these clowns I think of thought-control charlatans. This is a a farce, the Government know it, football knows it and we all know it. Those not prepared to admit it should consider how much thought control they are already under.