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CVS: RESTRICTIONS THREATEN WOLVES' FUTURE

Wolves owner Chris van Straaten admits the club is “suffering severe losses every time we stage a home meeting”.

10 / 06 / 2021, 00:50

Wolves owner Chris van Straaten admits the club is “suffering severe losses every time we stage a home meeting” as he called on the UK Government to stick to its June 21 date for easing Covid-19 restrictions.

The Monmore Green outfit has made a stellar start to the season and Wolves have been widely tipped by the pundits as SGB Premiership title favourites.

But three wins in four matches has not brought financial success with Van Straaten admitting capacity restrictions at Monmore Green are taking their toll on the club’s income.

It’s a dire situation for us. We are suffering severe losses every time we stage a home meeting because we simply cannot get any more supporters in due to the restrictions.

Chris van Straaten

The UK Government had planned to ease social distancing measures on June 21, which would have removed capacity restrictions. But it is widely rumoured this move could now be put on hold due to the rise of the Delta Covid-19 variant in the UK.

If the government opts against relaxing restrictions, Van Straaten fears for Wolves’ future. He said: “It’s a dire situation for us. We are suffering severe losses every time we stage a home meeting because we simply cannot get any more supporters in due to the restrictions.

“It’s vital for us that Boris Johnson stays firm and sticks to the relaxing of social distancing to enable us to get more people on the terraces in the open air. We cannot be the only business struggling due to these restrictions which we have to adhere to after working with Wolverhampton City Council officials to get us reopened after 20 months.”

Van Straaten insists he isn’t trying to play down the severity of the pandemic.

He said: “We are not trying to belittle the awful consequences of the Covid virus which has affected so many people.

“I believe the vaccination rollout has been a massive success and that’s one box ticked, along with the fact that hospitalisations and death figures remain relatively low. The vast majority of adults have now had at least one vaccine and we have to unlock to allow the economy to recover.

“I would be heartbroken if Wolverhampton Speedway became one of those businesses to close down as a consequence of ongoing restrictions – but that is a possibility I cannot rule out at this stage because we simply cannot continue to sustain losses.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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