The UEFA Super Cup final to be held in Budapest on Thursday will be organised “under the strictest health protocols”, the head of the emergency centre set up by the operative board coordinating Hungary’s response to the novel coronavirus epidemic said.
Addressing a regular press conference, Tibor Lakatos asked fans attending the match at Budapest’s Puskás Arena to put face masks on before entering the stadium. Medical staff present at the arena will be prepared to examine anyone found to have a fever or displaying Covid-19 symptoms upon entry, he said.
Concerning seating, Lakatos said only those belonging to the same group will be permitted to sit next to each other.
The UEFA Super Cup final will see Europa League winner Sevilla face Champions League winner Bayern Munich.
Most of the tickets for the match have been sold to Hungarian fans and around 1,500 German and a smaller number of Spanish fans are also expected to attend, Lakatos said.
Foreign ticket holders will have to present a negative coronavirus test no older than three days when entering Hungary and will be required to leave the country within 72 hours, he said.
Foreign fans coming to attend the match will be kept together, Lakatos said. The Spanish fans are flying in on charter flights and will be driven between the airport and the Puskas Arena by a fleet of buses reserved for this specific purpose. Meanwhile, the German fans have been assigned their own parking spaces, he said.
Players, coaches and technical personnel have all undergone thorough health screenings and will be confined to a “bubble” during their stay in Hungary, Lakatos said.
Both teams have been assigned a police officer with a negative Covid test who will act as liaisons between the teams and the police command unit responsible for security during the event.
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