Will England follow the Bundesliga? Fans will be allowed back into German stadiums THIS WEEK – but their rules on Covid rates would see Man United, Liverpool and 10 other Premier League clubs BLOCKED from having crowds
Fans could return to German football stadiums for the opening of the Bundesliga season this weekend but strict Covid-19 restrictions will remain in place.
Authorities in Germany will reportedly allow stadiums to be at 20 per cent capacity for top-flight fixtures – potentially starting with Bayern Munich vs Schalke this Friday.
But spectators will only be permitted in areas of the country where the rate of coronavirus infection is below a rate of 35 per 100,000 people over seven days.
Supporters were admitted to football stadiums in Germany for last weekend’s Cup ties and there will be a 20 per cent limit on capacity as the Bundesliga gets underway
Socially distanced fans celebrate during the German Cup game between Essen and Bielefeld
Under the German rules, games at Anfield in Liverpool would remain behind closed doors
If the same criteria were to be applied to the Premier League on current levels of coronavirus infection, however, only eight clubs could host fans.
Manchester, Liverpool, Leicester, Burnley, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Sheffield are all above the 35 per 100,000 cut-off.
That would mean Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Burnley, Newcastle United, Leeds United, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield United and Leicester City would have to remain behind closed doors.
By contrast, Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, West Ham, Brighton and Southampton would be able to admit fans.
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|Local infection rates relate to total confirmed Covid cases in the past week per 100,000 population|
10,000 spectators will be admitted to Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park for this weekend’s game
Bundesliga matches were played out behind closed doors after the restart last season
German newspaper Bild outlines the rules for all spectator sports laid out by health authorities in Germany, which state:
Bayern Munich’s home fixture against Schalke is the first Bundesliga game this Friday
All the Bundesliga clubs due to host a match on the opening weekend fall below this threshold and will be able to sell tickets up to 20 per cent of capacity.
Bild report that Borussia Dortmund will cap attendance at 10,000 for Saturday’s opener against Borussia Monchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park despite the potential of 16,237 fans at the 81,365-capacity venue.
The 20 per cent limit in Germany could be increased from the end of October.