The co-leaders of Aberdeen City Council have backed moves by the city’s biggest club to hold test events at Pittodrie, following the rejection of such plans for the Dons v Celtic contest.
Aberdeen welcome Celtic to the north-east on Sunday afternoon in Scottish Premiership action. Pittodrie chairman Dave Cormack had pushed for 1000 home fans to return for this meeting.
It comes after test events, one of which was held at Aberdeen’s home, taking 300 supporters into stadiums were operated successfully in September.
A rollout of these plans across Scotland’s Premiership was pushed back as virus cases continue to soar in Scotland.
Now a return for fans looks further away than ever. Cormack’s latest push for fans has been rejected, another home test event against Celtic this weekend swiftly knocked back by authorities.
Aberdeen City Council co-leaders Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden have responded to this news, throwing full support behind the Dons and their fan plans.
“Football is our national sport and fans throughout Aberdeen want to get back and support the Dons,” said Laing. “We fully back Aberdeen Football Club in their call for the Scottish Government to resume test events.
“Pittodrie holds in excess of 20,000 and provided Aberdeen Football Club agrees to the necessary public health checks, then the Scottish Government should allow the club to move forward with allowing a small number of fans into the stadium.”
Lumsden added: “With rigorous protocols and procedures in place the Scottish Government should provide AFC with the opportunity to demonstrate that Football can be played in front of spectators despite Covid-19 restrictions.
“I fully understand the importance of public health, but if we are to live with this virus then we must at some point try and get back to normality.”