Post by Lakeland Potter on Jan 17, 2021 9:32:04 GMT
There should be a league rule as to the minimum distance from the pitch they have to be - especially behind the goal. The problem is probably even worse in those stadia where the turf surround slopes steeply away from the pitch - Old Trafford being an obvious example.
I just think it's simply been a bad year for it & likely coincidental that we've noticed so many instances with them this season. Afterall we've had the electronic advert boards up since the Premier League era began & I've never remembered any instances of any major note prior to this season occuring. I remember Stoke were quite unique at one time as we were the only club in the Prem to actually have 2x banks of electronic advertising hoardings.
Perhaps it's something strange like the players sensing there's no fans in the seats on the front rows go more full pelt into goal scoring challenges that maybe they wouldn't do when there's loads of people sat right behind them? Just seems to have been worse in the period where no fans are in.
Afterall, before the electronic hoardings were up, most grounds had wooden backed Advertising 'A'boards on the pitch surrounds, sure they'd of hurt back in the day if unfortunate enough to run into.
& think back to the old days of the Vic for those old enough to remember, they'd of had a massive metal fence to run into right behind the goal lines!