Gary Smith says laws banning fans from attending games at the leagues above Tamworth’s are ‘crazy’ and ‘don’t make any sense.’
The Lambs played their FA Cup tie with Oxford City behind closed doors on Tuesday night with current rules banning spectators from Step 2 and above.
Plans for supporters to return to grounds at the beginning of October were shelved after a rise in infections – with fans now expected to be banned until March.
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden says he appreciates the move is “positively hateful” but insists the rules are there to “secure public safety.”
Smith, who saw his side go down 6-1 in the empty Velocity Stadium, feels something doesn’t add up.
“We knew it was going to be difficult here tonight because we’ve got no support here,” he said.
“I can’t understand the crazy decisions that are being made at our level of football. We’re able to have fans in and you go up a level and you can’t – it’s a nonsense, it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.
“Look at the size of this fantastic stadium, you’re telling me we couldn’t socially distance a crowd of six or seven-hundred in here tonight and put some more excitement into the game and give our players something to go and play for and give our fans something to come and enjoy and experience.
“It’s the FA Cup for god’s sake. It’s a nonsense.
“What’s the point in allowing us to put 600 in our own ground when you can’t do the same at Oxford because they’re at Step 2, it doesn’t make any sense.
“What’s the point behind it? Somebody please try and explain it to me so I can get some kind of understanding about it because it doesn’t make sense.”
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