It’s looking unlikely that everyday England supporters will be able to attend the Autumn Internationals with the RFU instead prioritising fulfilling commercial obligations.
The Guardian reports that ‘the RFU will not be able to sell match tickets to supporters since debenture and box holders, sponsors, as well as the union’s other partners, will be the priority.’
With social distancing at one metre, crowds of between 35,000-40,000 would be possible, which would pocket the RFU approx £3m per match..
Twickenham tickets for England games could be corporate-only this autumn https://t.co/oxEEcFomOJ— The Guardian (@guardian) July 1, 2020
“Given the unprecedented situation and the extreme financial pressure the RFU is under, the RFU council agreed to temporarily suspend the ticket distribution policy to allow for a focus on fulfilling contracted ticket groups for the 20-21 season,” said an RFU spokesperson.Advertisement
“The decision was taken to preserve rugby revenues, which get invested back in the game. If it is safe for the autumn internationals to go ahead with crowds in attendance, we are hopeful that we will be able to offer tickets to a wide range of stakeholders and fans.”
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Fans haven’t reacted well to the idea with one writing: “Coronavirus only affects people who don’t pay corporate prices. Elitist virus.”
Another added: “What, you mean the “real” fans who can’t quite drag themselves away from the champagne bar? Marvellous…”
John Neary also weighed in, saying: “So let’s cram then inside the confined Air Conditioned boxes but waste the “out in the open” seating where social distancing can be better organised? Top thinking from the RFU there. Not”
Another said: “Sounds about right anyway. All just rich toffs at those games?”
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Feast your gaze on these horrible England eyesores from down the years…
1. Sevens – 2013
Getting a bit more adventurous with this kaleidoscopic cornea burner from the England Sevens team. Thes multi-coloured front seems reminiscent of a dance-floor in a cheesy 70’s disco club. Extraordinary.