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Behind closed doors return splits LOI fans

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Irish football fans are split over whether to resume the League of Ireland behind closed doors in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey.

In a poll of 857 fans, carried out by the Irish Supporters Network, a small majority said there should be no free access to streaming of live games in the league for club members or season ticket holders, while there was also strong support for away fans being banned from matches if limited attendances are permitted.

Asked if they support the suggested 'Behind Closed Doors' option as a way of resuming the SSE Airtricity League, 52.7pc of participants said they were in favour with 47.3pc against the idea.

Divide

There was also little to divide supporters on the subject of who should access streaming, if the league does resume behind closed doors. A third (33.5pc) said they preferred "a Fully Paid streaming service where everyone pays a fee" but 31.1pc of respondents said that streaming should be available to particular categories of home fans such as club members or season ticket holders who have already paid for the season.

A total of 27.3pc stated a preference for the option "If it's not safe for supporters, it's not safe for anyone else".

When asked if away fans should be kept out of grounds as long as social distancing rules were in place, a majority (65pc) agreed while a majority of 63pc also said that their club had not engaged with supporters on the issue of access to games.