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Bundesliga stadiums to remain empty for the remainder of 2020

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Angela Merkel and the minister presidents appear to have decided that large events, including football games, will remain banned for the public. 

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Football clubs and supporters alike long for the opportunity to return to some kind of normalcy by going to see live sports again. BFW reported on Tuesday that the UEFA Supercup game in Budapest between Bayern Munich and Sevilla will be open to fans. If all goes as planned, the Puskas Arena will be filled up to 30% capacity on September 24.

The situation in Germany is different, where Angela Merkel and the minister-presidents of the German states have decided that football stadiums will remain empty until the end of 2020 at least. Kicker has reported that a draft resolution for the deliberations was made and that exceptions could be made only in regions with very low numbers of infections.

This draft states that major events should remain banned until the end of the year due to the coronavirus. This includes not only football games but also any event with spectators such as large concerts and street festivals.

The number of cases has gone up again in Europe and is probably one of the main reasons why Merkel and the German government have come to this conclusion. It must be said, though, that the situation is different elsewhere. Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the possibility that Scottish football grounds may open up for a few fans in the upcoming month. Sweden is another country where the government has given the green light for a limited number of supporters to attend football games starting the October 1.