Savage criticises ‘nonsensical’ ban on grass-roots game
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.