UEFA confirmed once again that the Super Cup final, scheduled to be held in Budapest’s Puskás Aréna next week, is still on, although the association is still in talks with the German club, Bayern Munich. This comes on the heels of Wednesday’s news about Budapest’s addition to Germany’s coronavirus pandemic risk list.
Budapest has been added due to the rising number of coronavirus infections in the Hungarian capital. According to the German rules, those returning to the country from the listed regions have to be tested and quarantined for 14 days until their test results come back.
On Thursday, Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) spokesman Jenő Sipos repeated to wire service MTI that only 30% of the 67,215-seat Puskás Aréna will be filled by fans, with 3,000 tickets available for the supporters of each of the finalists. All spectators will have their temperatures checked before entering the stadium. Wearing a mask will be obligatory when entering the stadium and for moving around inside, while it will be recommended when seated, in addition to the usage of hand sanitizers and adherence to the physical distancing rules.
All ticket holders will be subject to mandatory health checks upon entering the country and will have to present a negative coronavirus test no older than 72 hours. Fans from Germany and Spain will be transported separately in order to avoid contact with others while traveling, approaching, or leaving the stadium.
Fans experiencing any of the symptoms of the coronavirus, or if their COVID test came back positive at least 14 days prior to the game, or have been in contact with an infected person, will be denied entry to the stadium. In these cases, UEFA will refund the tickets.
Meanwhile, the Bavarian club announced to offer free PCR tests for those fans taking the trip to Budapest.
The Super Cup final has become a contested debate in Hungary as well. Critics note that despite the special rules, an event with more than 20,000 in attendance poses a serious pandemic risk, especially since Hungary’s borders are still closed for everyone else, in addition to other rules, such as clubs and venues now have to close at 11 pm.
The kick-off of the Super Cup battle, where Champions League winner Bayern Munich will take on Europa League triumphant Spanish Sevilla FC, is scheduled for 9 o’clock next Thursday. It will additionally serve as a “pilot test” for UEFA for bringing back fans to stadiums.
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