“I really wish we did not have to do this now”
Boris Johnson said it “grieves” him that fans are not allowed to go to sports events after pilots to allow some supporters back into stadiums were postponed.
Tory James Wild (North West Norfolk) said: “On Saturday I was at Norwich City’s match as part of a pilot to let fans back into football and it’s disappointing that reopening has now been postponed.
“With King’s Lynn Town, Mansfield and many other clubs and sports facing a real threat to their viability with no fans coming into the ground, will (Mr Johnson) urgently look at a sports recovery fund to ensure their viability and their place at the heart of our local communities?”
Mr Johnson replied: “It grieves me to see football clubs, Mansfield and others… Norwich City, not able to go back in the way that they want to right now and I totally sympathise with him and with the fans.
“I really wish we did not have to do this now… The best way obviously to get through it, as I say, is to follow the advice and suppress the virus, but in the meantime, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is looking at solutions to help Norwich City and others.” solutions to help Norwich City and others.”