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Sport Bayern fans return Super Cup tickets amid 'super spreader' fears

16:30  22 september  2020
16:30  22 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Bavarian authorities are fearful a Super Cup football match in Budapest later this week between Bayern Munich and Sevilla cause spark a new COVID-19 UEFA has given the go-ahead for 20,000 fans to attend the game. Both clubs had access to 3,000 tickets . Sevilla has already returned 2,500.

There were no fans in Lisbon for Bayern 's Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain but 20 Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder said Monday he was getting a "stomach ache" over fears that this week's UEFA Super Cup final in Hungary could become the next coronavirus superspreader event.

Around 800 Bayern Munich supporters have returned tickets for Thursday's UEFA Super Cup in Hungary amid fears the showcase match could become a "super spreader" event.

a person standing in a room: A Sevilla fan undergoes a test for Covid-19 ahead of Thursday's UEFA Super Cup against Bayern Munich © CRISTINA QUICLER A Sevilla fan undergoes a test for Covid-19 ahead of Thursday's UEFA Super Cup against Bayern Munich

Budapest will host the match between Champions League winners Bayern Munich and Europa League holders Sevilla, however the fixture is facing growing criticism.

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The UEFA Supercup will be taking place on Thursday in Budapest. It's a showdown between last season's Champions League and Europa League winners, in this case Bayern Munich and Sevilla. The Pushkash Arena will be filled with fans at 30 percent capacity. But with coronavirus cases on the rise

"In the Super Cup you have Bayern , who are an English-style kind of team, and a Spanish team, Sevilla, who are very technical. "It's very much preparing properly for the contrast in styles of play and the expectations from the teams about the physical contact allowed. "But within UEFA there are some

Germany has declared Budapest a risk zone, after new infections in the Hungarian capital climbed above the threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 people.

"Everyone should think twice before going there," said Markus Soeder, state premier for Bavaria, on Tuesday after tightening the region's regulations.

Any Bayern fans returning from Budapest must "either be tested or be quarantined", Soeder added.

As a pilot project towards the return of fans in stadiums, Bayern and Sevilla were both given 3,000 tickets for the game in Budapest.

However, UEFA expect only 500 Sevilla supporters and 1300 Bayern fans at Budapest's Puskas Arena.

Initially, Bayern fans requested 2100 tickets, but 800 were returned by Monday, according to AFP subsidiary SID and German daily Bild, the same day Soeder warned about Budapest becoming football's "Ischgl".

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"In the Super Cup you have Bayern , who are an English-style kind of team, and a Spanish team, Sevilla, who are very technical. "It's very much preparing properly for the contrast in styles of play and the expectations from the teams about the physical contact allowed. "But within UEFA there are some

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The Austrian ski resort became notorious as a so-called "super spreader" after thousands of holidaymakers became infected at the start of the epidemic in Europe.

"Will the Super Cup become the Super Spreader Cup?" questioned German daily Bild.

Bayern and Sevilla are offering testing to fans travelling to and from Budapest.

"We have no interest in people returning from Budapest infected with the virus, which is then unrecognised here," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bild pointed out the absurdity of the situation after Bayern had to play behind closed doors in last Friday's 8-0 win over Schalke, yet 20,000 -- a third of the stadium's capacity -- would be allowed to watch in Budapest.

Last week, Munich's mayor scuppered the club's plans to let 7,500 fans into the Allianz Arena to see Friday's season opener because of rising numbers of Covid-19 in the Bavarian capital.

On Tuesday, UEFA told SID the Super Cup match will go ahead as planned.

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