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UEFA to Allow Some Fans Into Matches Following Successful Super Cup Pilot

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UEFA have introduced that fans will likely be allowed into stadiums, topic to local restrictions | FABRICE COFFRINI/Getty Images

UEFA have introduced that fans will likely be partially allowed to return to stadiums if local rules allow it.

The decision comes after a profitable pilot event was staged on the UEFA Super Cup final in Budapest. At that game, round 20,000 socially distanced supporters watched Bayern Munich triumph after extra time towards Sevilla.

Bayern toast their UEFA Super Cup victory in front of their fans | TIBOR ILLYES/Getty Images

Now, more fans will likely be in a position to enjoy football sooner or later, although stadiums will solely be allowed to be stuffed to 30% capacity.

“The UEFA Executive Committee today [Thursday] decided, following the successful pilot match that was held at the UEFA Super Cup in Budapest on 24 September, to allow the partial return of spectators for UEFA matches where local laws permit, starting from next week’s national team matches,” a assertion learn.

“The number of spectators will be capped at a maximum of 30 percent of the respective stadium capacity and away supporters will not be allowed into the games until further notice.

“Both the admission of fans and the capacity restrict are topic to decision of local authorities. UEFA matches can’t be played with spectators the place local authorities don’t enable it and the restrict of 30% could also be reached solely the place the restrict set by local authorities just isn’t decrease, by which case such restrict would apply.

“Social distancing will be mandatory for spectators and additional precautionary measures, such as the wearing of masks must be implemented in accordance with local regulations.”

The information was welcomed by UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin, who said he anticipated the decision to carry “hope and passion back into the lives of football fans”.

The new rules won’t apply to any games in England, with the federal government nonetheless not permitting any ‘elite’ football – which incorporates something above Step 3 of the Non-League pyramid – to allow spectators.

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