EURO 2020: Fans allowed in the stadiums?

The government of Bavaria on Friday gave the go-ahead for around 14,000 spectators to go to Euro 2020 matches in Munich, meeting UEFA’s specification that no European Championship games are played in front of empty stadiums.

Spectators will be able to see Germany host world champions France at the Allianz Arena on June 15, face holders Portugal four days later, and then play Hungary on June 23, while a quarter-final will also be held in Munich.

Bavaria’s state premier Markus Soeder confirmed the news while loosening Covid-19 restrictions in the German state. He stated that: “With a strict sanitary protocol, tests, and masks, the stadium will be allowed to fill up to 20 percent capacity, or about 14,000 spectators.”

Friday’s declaration relieves fears that extreme cleanliness guidelines in Germany might have implied games at the Allianz Arena would keep on being played away from public scrutiny.

Since the pandemic hit Germany in March 2020, Bayern Munich has played only one game before observers, with a couple hundred going to a month ago’s last Bundesliga home match of the 2020/21 season.

In April, the chairman of Munich said there was no “ensure” fans would have the option to go to Euro 2020 matches around there, not long after UEFA had demanded “at least 14,500 onlookers” would have the option to see European Championship games live at the Allianz Arena.

European football’s administering body UEFA had recently dropped Dublin and Bilbao as host urban areas over their inability to ensure that observers could join in, however, Munich was affirmed as a setting without a second to spare.

Dublin’s matches will be moved to London and St Petersburg while Seville replaces Bilbao as a host city.

After Dublin’s withdrawal, the competition will presently be held in 11 unique nations from June 11-July 11.

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