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Officials urge fans to stick to Covid guidelines ahead of Uefa Super Cup

Madrid Desk, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- Uefa and the Hungarian football federation have urged fans heading to watch Bayern Munich and Sevilla play in the Super Cup final in Budapest Thursday to act responsibly and heed the health and safety protocol in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Uefa confirmed that 15,500 tickets had been sold for the game between the winners of this year’s Champions League and the Europa Cup, which is set to take place at the Puskas Arena in the Hungarian capital.

Fans will have to wear face masks in the stands when social distancing is not possible and there will be temperature checks at the entrance to the stadium as well as giant screens displaying health and safety guidelines.

Most European domestic leagues are playing games behind closed doors, apart from a few exceptions like the Bundesliga, where a limited number of spectators are allowed into stadia.

Earlier this month, Uefa announced that the Puskas Arena would open at a quarter of its 60,000 capacity for the Super Cup final.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin held a meeting with the organization’s executive committee and in a statement Thursday said: “We are working closely with the Hungarian Football Federation and its government to implement measures to ensure the health of all those attending and participating in the game.”

“We will not take risks with people’s safety.”

Fans are being told to obey the directions marked out in the corridors and staircases to aid social distancing in the stadium grounds.

Thermal scans have also been set up to detect anyone with a temperature above 37.8C and medical staff will be on hand to tend to anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19.

The 2020 Super Cup had originally been slated to take place in the Portuguese city of Porto on 12 August but the venue was changed following the alteration to the Uefa Champions League and Europa Cup calendars due to the pandemic. EFE-EPA

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