AAMI Park’s double standards harming football

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It has been three months since football fans last enjoyed active support at AAMI Park, but the stadium restrictions are at odds across sporting codes.

Active support areas behind the goals at AAMI Park were covered with a black tarp. Fans were banned from standing and required to wear a mask at all times.

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It was a COVID-19 prevention step.

It seems, however, that COVID is only a worry when football is being played at AAMI Park.

In fact, Melbourne Storm’s opening game at the same venue had contrasting rules.

Fans were seen standing, chanting, and using flags, drums and banners without a policeman or a security guard in sight.

At A-League matches you can count up to 25 policemen behind each goal.

Fittingly, these images come on the same day as Victory’s statement regarding active support.

According to the club, they are trying to reach an agreement with stadiums to allow their return.

Melbourne City are also in a similar situation.

So why does it have to be such a difficult process for one code but not the other?

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Coronavirus does not differentiate between sports.

It is as if AAMI Park is doing everything in its power to interfere with active support – the most special thing about football.

Shaking off such suspicions is hard, unless we are given an explanation.

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Bogdan Vlasyuk
Bogdan Vlasyuk
Total football fanatic. Supporter of the Melbourne Victory and Dynamo Kyiv :)

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