UEFA Approves 20,000 Fans for Super Cup Final

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Fans will be allowed to attend the UEFA Super Cup match between Bayern Munich and Sevilla in Budapest on September 24.

All games in the recent Champions League and Europa League final-stage mini-tournaments were behind closed doors, but UEFA’s executive committee ruled that up to 30% of the 67,215 capacity Puskas Arena in the Hungarian capital can be taken by fans.

However, UEFA said that all other UEFA matches, including the upcoming Nations League matches and club competition qualifiers, will continue to be played behind closed doors until further notice.

The Budapest match is being viewed by UEFA as a test for their ‘Return to Play’ plans. It has not yet been decided whether only local fans will be allowed to attend the match or also travelling supporters.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: ‘While it has been important to show that football can carry on in difficult times, without fans, the game has lost something of its character.

‘We hope to use the UEFA Super Cup in Budapest as a pilot that will begin to see the return of fans to our matches.

‘We are working closely with the Hungarian 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.’

The Super Cup is seen as Europe’s international club season opener, featuring the previous season’s Champions League winner against the Europa League winner.

Bayern Munich secured their spot in the final after they beat Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night thanks to Kingsley Coman’s second-half header.

Sevilla, meanwhile, beat Inter Milan 3-2 in a topsy-turvy Europa League final in Cologne last week. Both Bayern and Sevilla are one-time winners of the competition.