Aberdeen plans to have fans attend two upcoming home games have been rejected by the Scottish Government.
BBC Sport disclosed that despite getting backing from a professor at Aberdeen University who was impressed with the plans the Scottish Government turned down Aberdeen’s proposal.
Aberdeen had wanted 1,000 fans to attend the game against Ross County on the 12th of December, and 2,000 at the game against St Johnstone on Boxing Day.
In Level Two restrictions
However, as the plan has been rejected no fans will be present at Pittodrie for the rest of 2020.
The reason for the Government’s rejection might well be the fact that Aberdeen is currently in Level Two of Covid-19 restrictions. So far fans have been permitted to attend games in Level One areas.
It will be interesting to see if there are any comments from Aberdeen’s chairman Dave Cormack. He has been very keen to get fans back into Pittodrie. Indeed, this is the second time that plans to have fans attend games have been rejected by the Scottish Government.
No word on January proposal
Aberdeen did also put forward plans to have fans attend the game against Dundee United in January, but as yet there has been no comment from the Government about that.
Therefore, it will be sometime in 2021 when fans are able to return to Pittodrie.
That will be disappointing for the club. However, it is unlikely to stop them continuing to make plans to have fans return to the stadium.