In England, the supporters did not return to the stadiums for a long time. While at the beginning of December, the presence of a few thousand of them was again authorized, it only took a few days for the country to return to more stringent restrictions made necessary by a very contagious variant of Covid-19.
For the small club of Marine AFC, the penalty is double. In January, as explained inEvening Standard, the team which evolves in 8e English division were eagerly awaiting their showdown with Tottenham in the FA Cup – the most important game in club history. In normal times, this kind of confrontation allows Petit Poucet, who plays systematically at home, to fill his coffers thanks to exceptional ticket sales. The match ended in a final victory for the men of José Mourinho (5-0), who had fielded a team similar to the one that evolves every week in the league.
Over 30,000 tickets sold
This historic match, an event that may not happen again soon, will nevertheless leave some traces. Because faced with the inability to receive supporters from both camps, the club has set up a virtual, symbolic ticket office at the price of 10 pounds sterling for those who wish to make a gesture in favor of the small club and thus reproduce as much as possible the financial impact that the meeting should have had. The holder of each ticket also takes part in a raffle, the lucky winner of which will have the privilege of coaching the amateur players for a friendly match.
Thus the coach of the London club, José Mourinho, has promised to buy his ticket, followed by former players and consultants like Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker. On match day, more than 20,000 tickets had been sold and the final virtual attendance will eventually include 30,697. The club’s coach, one called Neil Young, rejoices at the BBC: “the football community and in especially the Tottenham supporters were amazing ”.