Sav­age crit­i­cises ‘non­sen­si­cal’ ban on grass-roots game

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Sam Dean

Rob­bie Sav­age has ques­tioned why chil­dren are still fac­ing the most “dra­co­nian restrictio­ns” as he stepped up his campaign for the re­turn of grass-roots foot­ball.

In an open let­ter to the Gov­ern­ment, the for­mer Wales in­ter­na­tional said the rules pre­vent­ing chil­dren play­ing foot­ball were “non­sen­si­cal”, given the eas­ing of lock­down in other ar­eas of so­ci­ety.

Sav­age, 45, said he be­lieved the Gov­ern­ment was fol­low­ing “eco­nomic science” rather than med­i­cal science. “As lock­down has eased, I re­ally can­not com­pre­hend the con­sis­tency across cur­rent restrictio­ns,” Sav­age said.

“What fails me is to un­der­stand why those uni­ver­sally agreed to be the least vul­ner­a­ble and sus­cep­ti­ble in so­ci­ety to Covid-19, ie kids, are the ones fac­ing some of the most con­tin­u­ing dra­co­nian restrictio­ns. Does it not seem non­sen­si­cal?”

Groups of up to six are al­lowed to prac­tise to­gether, but rules pre­vent any matches or phys­i­cal con­tact. The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is in talks with the Gov­ern­ment about pro­to­cols for how grass-roots foot­ball might re­turn later in the year.

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