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19/09/2021
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Budapest welcomes 20,000 fans for UEFA Super Cup amid growing coronavirus fears

TV viewers tuning in to Thursday’s UEFA Super Cup can be excused for thinking they’ve stumbled across highlights of a months-old fixture, so accustomed have they become to seeing sparse — or no — crowds in attendance.In the age of coronavirus, the sight of 20,000 fans in the Puskas Arena will be an arresting one as Bayern Munich and Sevilla, last season’s Champions League and Europa League winners, meet in the Hungarian capital of Budapest at the Puskas Arena.The stadium has a 68,000 capacity, but European governing body UEFA’s plan is for the match to have a reduced capacity of up to 30% of the venue.The game comes as Europe faces a second wave of Covid-19 infections, stoking fears it could cause a rise in cases.According to the World Health Organization, there have been 20,450 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Hungary and 702 deaths, but like much of Europe, the country faces a second wave of cases with more than 6,000 infections recorded last week.”I really get a stomach ache when it comes to the Super Cup,” Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder said this week.Soeder warned against the game becoming a “football-Ischgl” — a reference to the Austrian ski resort that contributed towards the virus’ spread across Europe — and his concerns were echoed by Bayern executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.”I think everyone’s stomachs are churning,” Rummenigge told ZDF.

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