UEFA to allow fans back up to 30 per cent in national games and Champions League

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UEFA have announced that fans will be able to attend Champions League games where local authorities allow, with the number of spectators capped at 30% amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Spectators were allowed to attend the UEFA Super Cup final, which saw Bayern Munich beat Sevilla 2-1 in front of 15,180 fans in the 67,000 capacity Puskas Arena.

As a result of that pilot, UEFA have announced that they will "allow the partial return of spectators for UEFA matches where local laws permit, starting from next week’s national team matches."

In a statement, UEFA said: "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 limit are subject to decision of local authorities.

"UEFA matches cannot be played with spectators where local authorities do not allow it and the limit of 30% may be reached only where the limit set by local authorities is not lower, in which case such limit 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.

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UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, added: "Today’s decision is a sensible first step which puts fans’ health first and respects the laws in each country.

"While we all face a common enemy in COVID, different countries have different approaches and different challenges at any given moment.

"This decision allows much more local flexibility to deal with admitting fans than was previously the case, always respecting the assessment of local authorities.27 countries on the continent already allow fans to some extent.

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"This decision will allow for a coherent approach on a country-by-country basis and not on a competition-by-competition basis which was sometimes difficult to understand for fans.

"In these difficult times, it is important to bring more hope and passion back into the lives of football fans and we urge them to behave appropriately and respect sanitary measures in place for their own health and for the health of their fellow club or national team supporters."

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