Fans set to return to Spain's sports stadiums
El Larguero reports that the public will be welcomed back for the final four or last two games in LaLiga. Fans can also attend basketball games.
The return of the general public to sports stadiums in Spain is getting closer. According to Cadena SER's El Larguero programme, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, along with Sports Council president José Manuel Franco have given the go-ahead for fans to return to watch sporting events. The proposal have been passed on to Health Minister Carolina Darias.
El Larguero's Manu Carreño reports that the government's intention is to have home fans in the stands in the final four games of LaLiga - which meets that supporters will be able to watch the Barcelona-Atlético game at Camp Nou and Real Madrid's meeting with Sevilla in Valdebebas; alternatively, the public could be allowed back for the last two games of the campaign, including basketball games in the Liga Endesa.
It is especially good news for clubs in the Second Division who have more games to play, including the promotion play-offs which will coincide with this summer's rescheduled Euros.
El Larguero add that, if it is decided that the public are allowed back, clubs will have certain criteria to observe - up to 25% of stadium's capacity can be filled with fans, tickets will be issued at face value marked with the exact time of entry, each supporter will be given between 30 and 45 seconds to pass through turnstiles to access determined zones in the stands; fans cannot stand, eat or smoke and there will be no fans animation areas. Only home fans will be allowed to attend, there will be no admission for away fans.
The last LaLiga game to be play in front the public before the coronavirus pandemic was declared was Betis' meeting with Real Madrid on Sunday 8 March 2020. Two days later on 10 March, LaLiga decided that the next two round of fixtures would be played behind closed doors but the situation changed when a state of emergency was declared, starting from 14 March.