Aberdeen understand the Scottish government’s fan decision ahead of this weekend – but they are determined to continue working on bringing supporters back.
During the Dons’ 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend, 300 fans were in attendance at Pittodrie as Scottish football hosted test events to gauge how to bring fans back into stadiums.
Supporters have been locked out due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic but Aberdeen looked to be leading the way in terms of their return. This weekend’s match with Motherwell was set to hold over 700 Dons fans.
Originally, over 700 home fans were hoping to attend at each ground this weekend after the Aberdeen and Ross County events. That got knocked back to October 5 as virus cases rise in Scotland, although the Dons were hopeful their planned event could still go ahead.
But it’s a bid rejected by the Scottish government. The Dons have since released a statement to confirm the news, despite an overwhelmingly positive response from all parties after a successful test run on Saturday.
“Despite Saturday’s successful trial event at Pittodrie, SPFL clubs have been informed that there will not be any trial events at Scottish Premiership matches this weekend,” it reads.
“This means that our plans to welcome an increased number of supporters to Pittodrie for the visit of Motherwell on Sunday will now not go ahead. We continue to adhere to and comply with Scottish Government guidance and will work with football authorities to be involved in any future test events which may take place in the coming weeks.
“We have received resoundingly positive feedback from both the supporters in attendance and the authorities following the test match at Pittodrie on Saturday and we will continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes to build upon this experience and to help shape any future events.”