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Fans claim WFT did not offer medical assistance after railing collapse

While the Washington Football Team insist that "no one appeared to be seriously injured" when the railing collapsed at FedExField after Sunday's game against the Eagles, fans challenged the claim that they were "offered onsite medical evaluation," according to Ximena Conde of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. Eagles fan Andrew Collins said that he and his friends "were not offered any assistance" when they fell. Collins: "All they were trying to do is pull us up and get us out of (the field)." Collins said that the two women he was with, one of them his girlfriend, "suffered bruising." A WFT spokesperson said that the incident was "being investigated and could not comment on specific allegations, but said the area Collins and fans were in is an ADA-designated section." Unlike other stadium spaces, where safety railings are anchored in concrete, the ADA section's railing is "welded to a wheelchair ramp and is not meant to be load-bearing." Football fans and pundits "didn't waste a moment to share criticisms of FedExField's infrastructure." Eagles radio announcer Merrill Reese "has been open about his dislike for the venue." Reese said of the collapse, "Believe me, FedExField is a dump and there's no other way to describe it" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/4). Fan Mike Naimoli said that the WFT's statement on offering medical assistance was "completely incorrect." Naimoli said they were told, "'Everybody get the F off the field,' and they (quickly) grabbed us away from [Eagles QB] Jalen [Hurts] and shooed us up into the stands" (ESPN.com, 1/3).

MOVING PROBLEMS: In DC, Thom Loverro noted the story following the WFT's loss to the Eagles "became the stadium." The WFT "would prefer that the story be about the new stadium." The team has been meeting with Virginia legislators to "get support for a new stadium and commercial complex in either Loudoun or Prince William counties." There are many reasons why WFT Owner Dan Snyder's latest project "will likely not happen," and there is a "graveyard full of projects like this in Virginia." Former WFT President Bruce Allen, who was once the team's "point man" on new stadium talks, is "unlikely to be much help to Snyder now." Allen's brother George, a former Virginia Governor, "just helped elect Republican Glenn Youngkin as the new governor." If there is a path to a new football stadium in the District, it is "not likely through city politics." The only chance "might be to go to the federal route -- the RFK land is owned by the National Park Service and leased by the District." But they "won't find any friends in the Biden administration" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/4).

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