German FA: Puts pressure on Euro 2020 host city Munich to allow fans at the stadium
UEFA Euro 2020 is all set to be back in the summer of 2021 and fans want to be in the stadium. Authorities of the German FA want fans to be back during the tournament.
The German FA has urged health authorities in Munich to make it possible for spectators to be admitted to Euro 2020 matches at the Allianz Arena, ahead of UEFA’s deadline for host cities on Wednesday.
“I call on the city of Munich and Bavaria’s regional government to make every effort to present a solid scenario that will allow for, at least, a partial public attendance of matches in Munich,” Rainer Koch, a German Football Association (DFB) vice-president, told AFP subsidiary SID.
Munich’s Allianz Arena is scheduled to host Germany’s pool matches against France on 15 June, Portugal (19 June), and Hungary (23 June), as well as a quarter-final (July 2).
In March, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin made it clear he did not want any matches played “in front of empty stands” at the Euros.
However, fans have been not allowed to watch live matches at the Allianz Arena, home of club world champions Bayern Munich, since March 2020 due to the hygiene rules in Bavaria.
Now the time has almost run out.
European football’s governing body has given all 12 host cities until Wednesday to present their hygiene concepts to allow at least small numbers of fans into stadiums.
Cities that fail to do so risk having their matches relocated to other venues.
“In other countries, not only is the pace of vaccinations faster, but the development and implementation of scenarios to accommodate spectators is much more advanced,” Koch added.
Munich and Bavaria region in Germany is a very much bigger city in the area and German authorities don’t want to face covid strain ones more. A country like Germany will take the best measure possible for the country and in favor of football as fans expect.