Digital health passport could be key to see fans back to Elland Road
30 Jul 2020 07:53 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Thursday 30th July, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Harrison agrees loan deal and will sign shortly
Jack Harrison has agreed terms with Leeds and will re-sign for another season. The Manchester City winger has emerged as far more consistent player last term, though many would agree that there is still room for improvement. Pep Guardiola understands that his player is in safe hands under the Management of Marcelo Bielsa and had little hesitation in agreeing another loan term. Leeds will still be given the choice to permanently sign the 23 year old, though the price has gone up from 8m to 10m. Citeh are also set to loan Brazilian teenage sensation Yan Couto to the Whites. The exciting wing backs (either wing) devastating pace and close ball control will cause many Premiership defences problems next season. Does Harrison deserve an automatic starting place?
Digital health passport could be the key to see fans flock back to Elland Road
A secure digital health passport could be the key to seeing the fans flock back to Elland Road next season!
Spectators wanting to enter Elland Road would have to undergo a simple coronavirus test involving a pinprick to draw blood and a 10 minute wait to get the results. The test would need to take place 48 hours before the game, and if negative the unique digital passport can be scanned, verified and approved by venue officials from a distance of up to 100 metres. The technology compares facial recognition with passport photographs.
The results are works on a traffic light system - red for positive, green for negative and amber indicates a countdown trigger date to the next test date. The results of the test are taken into account for up to 14 days. The £15 cost covers everything - the testing, administration of the passport and the bio-security checks at venues. Many Premier League clubs are already expressed their interest in taking part in these trials during pre-season friendlies next month. Pilot programmes involving between 500 and 5,000 spectators will take place initially.
Inventor Louis-James Davis is confident his system can get even the biggest venues up to full capacity, with those in attendance having the reassurance that they and the people around them are not infectious.
We're creating a bio-secure environment by ensuring all fans - plus stadium staff, security officials, players and backroom staff - inside the stadium are tested and have proved their test result is negative on arrival. Let's say we do five of these pilot events which are a success. There is no reason why this then can't be scaled up. It's simply a case of increasing the staff to administer the tests. It will then over time gradually get back to normal because everyone can trust that it's a bio-secure venue.
Clubs can't charge fans a full season ticket cost if they can't guarantee that they're going to get in. So if the clubs said 'right, you can come to these games this season, but it's going to cost an extra £15 a ticket to come', I would say that most people would go. The clubs might even concede that they have to absorb the £15. Without that revenue from spectators, the clubs cannot exist on advertising and sponsor revenue alone.