PIERS MORGAN and Premier League stars slammed Arsene Wenger's book launch after fans packed in for the event – despite no supporters being allowed into grounds.
The former Arsenal boss was at the London Palladium on Monday night.
He promoted his new autobiography – My Life In Red And White – with an audience at the West End theatre.
But while hundreds gathered inside the indoor venue for the Q&A, no one is allowed to attend professional matches in England at outdoor stadia.
Gunners fan and TV presenter Piers Morgan tweeted a picture from the event with people crammed in and very little social distancing seemingly taking place.
He wrote: "How can the London Palladium be packed like this last night for an event with Arsene Wenger, but football fans aren’t allowed to watch matches outside even socially distanced?
"I’m completely bemused."
The Government in August revealed they hoped to bring back live crowds at a limited capacity by the start of October.
Successful pilot test events, including with Premier League and EFL clubs, went ahead before tighter restrictions were brought in and lockdown tightened.
Chiefs of the Premier League, EFL, The FA, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have reassured fans that they are “fully committed” to your safe return to football grounds as soon as possible.
London's Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey demanded grounds open to fans for Christmas.
As things stand, though, it is likely to be spring before people can see their teams play live again.
Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt also took to Twitter to share his exasperation at the current rules.
He tweeted similar photos – thought to be from a different event also at the London Palladium – and said: "I'm not some expert on COVID but I have common sense, can someone tell me the difference between this and fans at a stadium?"
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