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.
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
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.
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:
- Fans will only be allowed in to a maximum of 20 per cent of stadium capacity
- No away supporters will be admitted
- Distancing of 1.5 metres is required within the stands as well as separate entrances and exits
- Some stadiums will require spectators to wear masks
- Tickets should be digital if possible rather than on paper
- The local area around the ground needs to have a seven-day infection rate of less than 35 per 100,000 people.
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.