Nottingham Forest has defended itself against criticism of air travel

Updated on 01/12/2023 at 12:45 PM

  • Nottingham Forest will play two cup matches in four days.
  • In the FA Cup, the return from the Premier League Second Division FC Blackpool failed. Forest defeats league rivals Wolverhampton on penalties in the League Cup.
  • But these two results are not cause for excitement.

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Climate change, climate disaster, no one can turn a blind eye to the threat to the planet from emitting harmful gases or feign ignorance for a long time.

But if a football club flies 20 minutes by plane to play against another, 20 minutes by plane to a place some 217 kilometers away – and back again – it requires an explanation.

Premier League promoted Nottingham Forest feel no guilt after their controversial return trip to Blackpool for an FA Cup clash.

Defending Nottingham Forest operates flights to and from Blackpool

“I think it’s completely normal,” said the Forest manager two days after losing 4-1 in the third round of the world’s oldest football competition. The issue of adequate transportation, according to Cooper, is not just for Forest, but for all English clubs Premier League be judged on. The Nottingham team, the report calculates BBC Before, he was in Blackpool by bus in 2 hours 45 minutes.

To make matters worse, Forest partnered with energy company E.on in November 2021 to raise public awareness of the climate crisis. In addition, Nottingham Forest promotes the United Nations Refugee Agency for free. This is indicated on their website UNHCR It points out how refugees and displaced people around the world are particularly affected by the consequences of climate change in their lives.

Oliver Hammond flanked by his Nottingham Forest teammates before the game in Blackpool
Oliver Hammond (third from left) among his Nottingham Forest teammates prior to the cup final in Blackpool on January 7, 2023.

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Fly Green Alliance: Premier League clubs take responsibility for the climate

Criticism of Nottingham Forest’s behavior in ignoring widespread climate targets has come from the League Green Aviation Alliance. She is committed to sustainable transport, especially in sports, and says, “From our point of view, there is no need for domestic flights in a small country.” The Fly Green Coalition reminded athletes in general, and Premier League clubs in particular, to play their “really strong role” responsibly on climate and sustainability issues.

One Sustainable Transport Campaign In the UK, the government recently proposed banning domestic flights if the journey is less than five hours by train.

Nations League: A reminder of the DFB’s journey from Stuttgart to Basel 2020

In the fall of 2020, the DFB made a fuss and shook their heads when it represented the national team on the trip to Nations League match against Switzerland (1:1) I used a plane from Stuttgart to Basel. Both cities are only about 240 kilometers apart. Founding of the association at that time Is that sitting for two to three hours weakened the fitness of the players. In addition, the Corona hygiene rules in force at the time would have opposed the use of the train as a means of transportation.

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  • Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper defends travel to Blackpool for FA Cup

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