Bundesliga to kick off with limited spectators on Friday

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

16th Sep, 2020. 11:50 am

Good news for the fans of the German football league Bundesliga as they are now allowed back into the stadiums when the new season kicks off.

According to the details, in the first match champions, Bayern Munich will be hosting Schalke on Friday.

However, limited numbers of spectators can enjoy the match that is now allowed this weekend after a six-week test phase was agreed.

Germany’s politicians are allowing each stadium to be at 20 percent capacity for the Bundesliga’s 18 clubs, providing the seven-day rate of infection of the coronavirus is lower or equal to 35 per 100,000 inhabitants in the local region.

That means around 15,000 fans could now watch title holders Bayern Munich start the new season on Friday at home to Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Bavaria, Germany with a 70,000 seating capacity for international matches and 75,000 for domestic matches.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Fans must wear face masks and stay 1.5m apart, while alcohol is banned and away supporters are not allowed.

Armin Laschet, state premier for Germany’s football hotbed North-Rhine Westphalia in his statement said “Sports events thrive on fans’ support and atmosphere with an audience – this applies to Bundesliga games as well as to amateur sports,”

There was already a test run in the first round of the German Cup last weekend.

Every club has worked on location-specific hygiene concepts that include prevention measures inside the stadium and on the way to the grounds.

It should be noted that they must be approved by local health authorities before supporters are allowed back.

A set number of fans were allowed into each ground with the numbers varying due to the different health authorities’ regulations from region to region.

German Cup

Let it be known that in the German Cup on Monday, more than 10,000 supporters attended Dynamo Dresden’s 4-1 victory over Hamburger SV in the state of Saxony, while 300 were allowed back in when third-league club MSV Duisburg lost 5-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund.

King Of Europe

German Club FC Bayern Munich became king of Europe for the sixth time after defeating Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League Finals in Lisbon on 24th August.

Bayern Munich hit headlines on Sunday and streets flooded with joy, as Kingsley Coman’s goal gave them a 1-0 victory over PSG in an enticing final.

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