Bundesliga to allow fans back at the stadium

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Bundesliga fans will be allowed back into the stadiums when the new season commences on Friday.

This follows a virtual meeting of the federal states’ chancelleries on Tuesday, were it was decided that home fans will be allowed back in stadiums, with no away fans present and no alcohol allowed.

The German Football League (DFL) will allow 20% of capacity to be allowed in.

However, if a 7-day COVID-19 infection rate in a home city is above 35 per 100,000, a game must be played without spectators in attendance.

The league agreed on a framework for the return of fans in August, with contract tracing regulations in place.

Those attending matches will need to supply contact details in case of a new infections during the COVID-19 crisis.

In the German Cup on Monday, more than 10,000 supporters attended Dynamo Dresden’s 4-1 win over Hamburger SV in the state of Saxony, while 300 were allowed back in when third-league club MSV Duisburg lost 5-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund.

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich host Schalke 04 on Friday in the first match of Germany’s top flight season.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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