The confrontation between the champions of the European competitions does not generate expectation and hundreds of tickets have been returned.
The European Super Cup It seems The party of fear. Thursday’s duel between Bayern Munich, winner of the Champions League, and Sevilla, champion of the Europa League, does not generate expectation among the fans. In Budapest, headquarters of the party, there will be no party atmosphere. The fans do not want to attend for fear of eventual coronavirus infections. It is the game that nobody wants to see.
About 800 Bayern Munich supporters they returned their tickets for the Super Cup, for fear of the evolution that the pandemic has been having in the Hungarian capital. In fact, that UEFA has maintained its experimental plan to play with an audience in Budapest, albeit with reduced capacity, it generated harsh criticism in Germany.
Markus Söder, leader of the Bavarian region, called it “foolish” to travel to Budapest at the moment and warned against the danger of a “new Ischgl”, alluding to the Austrian ski resort where the outbreak that brought the first wave of Covid-19 to Bavaria.
Budapest’s 67,000-seat stadium can fill 30 percent of its capacity. In Germany, 2,100 tickets had originally been sold for the engagement, but still more returns are expected.
In any case, Bayern Munich announced that it will pay for the PCR tests for the detection of Covid-19 to the fans who will accompany the team in the final. In the German city there is an incidence of around 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. In Budapest, the incidence is double.
For the UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, is a “pilot test” to study the possibilities of how to return the public to the stadiums in times of the pandemic. “Not everything is normal, but soon it will be normal. Six months ago everything stopped, but now we are here. We must be optimistic: football is strong“said the UEFA chief two weeks ago.
Fans arriving to the game from Spain and Germany will only be able to enter Hungary with a negative coronavirus test, which must be less than 72 hours.
For this reason, from Monday, the Sevillian fans who are going to attend the game pass through the Gol Sur esplanade of the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium to undergo the tests PCR that detect the presence of the coronavirus.
With this test and with the ticket for the game, the fan will be able to stay in Hungary for 72 hours, which will be enough, since it is expected that the Sevilla and Bayern fans will arrive in the country on the same day of the game.
Bayern will make use of just 1,000 of its 3,000 tickets, while fewer than 500 Spanish fans will accompany their club to Budapest. Tickets not used by the two clubs will be sold to local fans.
Having the ticket and the negative test in itself does not ensure that the fan can attend the game, since when entering the stadium the authorities will measure the body temperature and those who have a fever (37.8 degrees and more) may be excluded.
The use of masks is mandatory in the stadium in all spaces shared with other people: bars, restaurants, stairs and bathrooms, while when the fan occupies their seat the mask is only “recommended”.
In the stands it will be necessary to maintain a distance of one and a half meters between each fan, which means that there will be at least two empty seats between each spectator. There will be staff who will remember the use of the mask and respect for sanitary measures.
With information from EFE.