Calls for Welsh Govt to allow fans to attend "one of the most important games in town's history"


Siân Gwenllian (Image: Plaid Cymru).

Plaid Cymru Senedd member Siân Gwenllian has called on the Welsh Government to allow a reduced capacity of supporters to attend a match between Caernarfon and Y Drenewydd on Saturday.

Ms. Gwenllian, who represents Arfon in the Senedd, said she had been contacted by "a number of people" about the football match which is to be played at The Oval in Caernarfon on Saturday.

In a statement on their website, Caernarfon Town FC said:

“We have been inundated with messages requesting admittance to the ground for the match.

“As much as we would like to allow every one of you in for the fixture, current Government regulations do not allow it.”

In a letter addressed to Vaughan Gething, who is responsible for "major events" as part of the economy portfolio and Dawn Bowden who is Deputy Minister for Sports, Siân Gwenllian MS said:

“The winner of the game will secure a place in next year’s Europa League competition. This is the most important game in Caernarfon Town’s history and there will be much interest from their large following.

“But at the moment supporters will not be allowed into the ground to support their team. I think it is timely to use this match to trial the new protocols that need to be in place by August when it’s hoped that 300 clubs will re-open their gates to their supporters.

“It would make sense to decide on a capacity number and appropriate safety precautions after risk assessments are undertaken at the Oval.”

According to Ms. Gwenllian grounds in England have had 10,000 supporters inside to watch football matches over this weekend and next weekend 4,000 Swansea supporters and 3,000 Newport supporters will travel to Wembley.

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