The Premier League should ban teams from flying to domestic games, according to a leading Extinction Rebellion activist who says that inaction surrounding climate change is a failure of the sport and its clubs’ social responsibilities.
Robin Launder, a prominent member of the environmental pressure group and a season-ticket holder at Watford, believes that teams need to turn down big money offers for globetrotting pre-season tours.
He is also calling on Uefa to delay naming stadiums for Champions League and Europa League finals until the semi-final stage to avoid instances like when Chelsea and Arsenal went to Baku in May.
“Football is only second to Hollywood or Bollywood in its potential to influence behaviour,” Launder said. “It’s massive. It needs to take a lead because…