Any hopes of Boris Johnson changing his mind to keep grassroots sport going through a second national lockdown have been kicked into Row Z by the prime minister. Elite sports have been waved ahead to 'play-on' during the shutdown due to start on Thursday whereas community sports and facilities have been forced to close even those which operate outdoors.
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Johnson responded to a question from Labour MP for Durham North, Kevan Jones, who suggested that many amateur sports clubs had made huge efforts to make sure their matches and meetings could be held safely.
Johnson said: "I bitterly regret that we have to curtail for 28 days (non-elite) football clubs."
Oliver Dowden - secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport has also confirmed that children competing in grassroots sports will be allowed but only in schools.
One piece of good news, is that it has been confirmed that amateur football clubs competing in the first round of the FA Cup will be allowed to play on, as the Cup is defined as an elite event.