Wednesday night’s Champions League Group F game between Legia Warsaw and Real Madrid will be played behind closed doors, except not quite.
Article 66 of UEFA's Disciplinary Regulations stipulates the quota of people each club (and UEFA itself) can enter into the ground on such ‘closed door’ occasions, in this case at the Polish Army Stadium, with its capacity for 31,800 spectators.
1,000 people to be in attendance
While the stands will be almost ghostly empty, there will in total be nearly 1,000 people inside the enclosure (including police, journalists, broadcasters, staff, guests of UEFA and personnel of both clubs).
Madrid have been allocated 275 admissions overall (see points A and B of Article 66 below). 200 of those are VIP tickets given to directors of the club with 75 extra for members of the expedition, amongst which the players themselves, coaches, medical staff and official media are all included.
A handful of Real Madrid fans
The club will use some of its 275 seats to meet the demands of club members who had already booked the trip a few days after the Champions League draw and before the riots by Polish ultras in the Legia-Dortmund clash in September that led to the stadium closure and a fine of 80,000 euros.
UEFA Article 66: Matches to be played behind closed doors
Unless the competent disciplinary body decides otherwise, no one is allowed to attend a match to be played behind closed doors, with the exception of:
a. a maximum of 200 people holding top-category tickets from the visiting club or association;
b. a maximum of 75 people per team delegation, including the players;
c. accredited journalists;
d. police officers and security staff with specific tasks related to security at the match;
e. people carrying out functions related to the stadium infrastructure;
f. a maximum of 75 UEFA representatives;
g. UEFA partners holding complimentary VIP tickets.
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