The Puskás Aréna in Budapest – Photo: wikipedia

DK calls for UEFA Super Cup match to be held without spectators

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on Sandor Csanyi, head of the Hungarian Football Association, to order the UEFA Super Cup match scheduled to be played on Thursday in Budapest to be played to an empty stadium.

The match between Bayern Munich and Seville in Budapest’s Puskas Arena will be the first UEFA match to be played in front of spectators since the novel coronavirus outbreak in March.

Erzsebet Nemeth Gy, a deputy mayor of Budapest, called the match a “human experiment courtesy of [Prime Minister] Viktor Orban”, who, she insisted, refused to put the event behind closed doors “in service of his hobby”.

The municipality will increase the capacity of public transport in the area “to breaking point” in order to protect the health of spectators, she said. The public should wear masks and keep distance from each other at bus stops, she added.

According to current plans, 20,000 people, a third of the arena’s capacity, will be allowed to attend. Seville has announced it will use only 500 of the 2,500 tickets allocated to the team.

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