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.



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Cjay wrote on 30 Jul 2020 03:08 pm

The Longest running takeover saga in history has come to an end.

The Saudi bid (with some token Brits) has been withdrawn.

Newcastle will either be stuck with Mike Ashley or that Yank dude.

Feel sorry for Newcastle fans, good people.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 30 Jul 2020 02:35 pm

I think we made a good deal with Harrison. Delaying the transfer fee another year makes sense and allows us to spend it on someone else this year. As he ages, his decisions and final ball should get better.

Yan Couto sounds like a good loan signing. Transfermarkt lists him as right footed and right back. I know Ayling could be upgraded, but hope our emphasis is on a bona fide left back

faaip wrote on 30 Jul 2020 12:45 pm

If we try to put relegation clauses in our offers, as sensible as they are, we'd more than halve the players willing to come and play here...So you can understand why Bournemouth didn't..

1964white wrote on 30 Jul 2020 12:14 pm

Gandalf wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:03 pm
They also owe £81 Million in unpaid transfer fees, and their wage bill is astronomical with no relegation clauses in place. They do have a very wealthy owner, but what he can put in under Championship FFP (or whatever stupid name they are now calling it) is very limited.
Shame for Bournemouth & Eddie Howe as he always tries to play football in the right manner

Gandalf wrote on 30 Jul 2020 12:03 pm

1964white wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:45 am
£27m profit on Ake for the Cherries which should help the club financially in these surreal times plus they have the parachute payments to come
They also owe £81 Million in unpaid transfer fees, and their wage bill is astronomical with no relegation clauses in place. They do have a very wealthy owner, but what he can put in under Championship FFP (or whatever stupid name they are now calling it) is very limited.