Aberdeen will welcome Hibs to Pittodrie this weekend as both sides look to get back to winning ways – but the self-enforced cap on supporters who can get into the Pittodrie clash is as ridiculous a decision by Aberdeen as the one to let chairman Dave Cormack go on the radio the other night.
With events with over 10000 spectators required to use check Covid Passports, Aberdeen have capped Pittodrie’s capacity in a bid to save a few quid by avoiding the need to hire extra staff to check the controversial documents.
That will only see 800 Hibs fans get the chance to see their side in action – same with Hearts in a couple of weeks – while the Dons also “project” that only 65% of their season ticket holders will bother to show up.
At a time when the likes of Cormack are sabre-rattling about the need for change in Scottish football, locking out fans to try and save a few quid isn’t exactly the sort of thing that is going to help attract new investment and interest in Scottish football.
Thousands of empty seats at Pittodrie – roughly thirteen thousand of them – gives the impression of a lack of interest in what should be a much-anticipated game at Pittodrie.
While it is understandable clubs are looking to save some money at the toughest time many of them will have ever faced, deliberately turning away fans who want to go simply makes no sense.
Whatever your view of Covid Passports (and it’s not something we’ll be getting into here), clubs should be doing everything in their power to get fans through the turnstiles and putting money into the game.
Days after Cormack was complaining how nobody cares about his side, locking out the people who care enough that, after ten games without a win, they are still making the trip to Pittodrie is the sort of self-harm Scottish football has made its trademark.
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