Two days ago, it was announced that all of this autumn’s international matches would go to empty stands. Now it has changed: The fateful match Norway – Serbia will have 200 spectators in the stands.
On Thursday night, the European Football Association (UEFA) came up with one
that they approve spectators in up to 30 percent of stadium capacity at their matches, which include the Nations League.
– We were notified of this now, and then it is local rules that apply. That means 200 now, and 600 from 12 October, says competition director of the Norwegian Football Association (NFF), Nils Fisketjønn.
In the past, the association has had a total ban on spectators at its matches, but already next week the softening will take effect. This means that the European Championship playoffs against Serbia come on the right side of the rule change from UEFA.
However, this depends on the local rules, which in Norway constantly limit the number of spectators to 200.
On Tuesday, the NFF announced that they began refunds of the tickets, as they had to be played for empty stands.
– Does that mean that the European Championship playoffs against Serbia on October 8 will have spectators?
– Yes. The Serbia match goes with 200 spectators, he says.
– How will these tickets be distributed?
– We have not looked at that yet.
– Is it relevant to apply to the authorities for a special exemption for Norway – Serbia in particular, which is such an important match?
– We have not considered this yet. But it is very nice that UEFA allows the spectators to come back, says competition director in NFF, Nils Fisketjønn.