The UEFA Super Cup could see the return of football fans inside the ground in Budapest. However, the match will only be witnessed by a small crowd as announced by UEFA.
The domestic leagues in Europe resumed after a halt of three months due to Covid-19. But, behind the closed doors and the fans were prohibited to enter the stadium. This is how the matches were completed.
France’s domestic league, Ligue 1 has already commenced. The bans have been lifted in France and a maximum of 5,000 fans can attend the matches. Similarly, UEFA has announced that spectators will be allowed inside the ground for the Super Cup.
This year’s UEFA Super Cup is the 45th edition and it is set to take place at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest on September 24. The winners of Champions League, Bayern Munich will take on winners of Europa League, Sevilla.
Reduced number of spectators are allowed for the UEFA Super Cup match
UEFA announced on their website, “The UEFA Executive Committee today decided to allow the 2020 UEFA Super Cup to be played on 24 September 2020 in Budapest with a reduced number of spectators – up to 30 per cent of the capacity of the stadium – in order to study precisely the impact of spectators on the UEFA Return to Play Protocol.”
🏟️ The 2020 UEFA Super Cup will be played in Budapest in front of spectators – up to 30% of the capacity of the stadium.
The decision was approved by the #UEFAExCo today.
Full announcement: 👇
— UEFA (@UEFA) August 25, 2020
Though this has been implemented only for the Super Cup and it read,”It was confirmed that all other UEFA matches shall continue to be played behind closed doors until further notice, as initially decided by the UEFA Executive Committee on 9 July 2020.”
It continued,”The UEFA Administration will keep monitoring the situation and advise the UEFA Executive Committee if any change is required or recommended in respect of either the 2020 UEFA Super Cup and/or the decision that UEFA matches shall be played behind closed doors until further notice.”
“These decisions follow the consultative meeting that UEFA held with its 55 member associations and where such matters were discussed on 19 August 2020.”
Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA president added, “While it has been important to show that football can carry on in difficult times, without fans, the game has lost something of its character.”
“We hope to use the UEFA Super Cup in Budapest as a pilot that will begin to see the return of fans to our matches.”
“We are working closely with the Hungarian Federation and its government to implement measures to ensure the health of all those attending and participating in the game.”
“We will not take risks with people’s safety.”
It’s great news for the fans as they will get the chance to support their club from the stadium itself.
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