Take the football element out of it, and the fans' reaction.
If someone in my organisation had been found guilty of rape, they would most likely have lost their job on the grounds of bringing the organisation into disrepute, and also for not being available for work for 5 years (based on the initial sentence).
If the job in question came up as a vacancy just when he was released from prison, and he applied on equal terms with anyone else who chose to apply, his criminal record would count against him, and he'd be unlikely to be appointed over someone with similar qualifications/experience who had no criminal record.
So yes, in theory you pay your dues and get a second chance, but in reality, a serious conviction will affect your employability for the rest of your life.
It's probably due to road closures - traffic is generally lighter on a Sunday, so closing roads means less disruption.
There are a few races that I have done in the past that I won't be able to do again for a number of years - in the past I've taken a Monday off work if the race is far enough away that it's impractical to travel home afterwards. Taking kids out of school for a day to travel back from a race isn't an option..............