UEFA lifts ban on away fans for Champions League fixtures

UEFA lifts ban on away fans for Champions League fixtures

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced that it has lifted the ban on away fans for the upcoming Champions League fixtures, citing successful vaccine rollouts across Europe. However, attendance remains subject to national government coronavirus restrictions in host countries. This ruling will also be applied to Europa League and Conference League matches.

“Ban on away fans attending UEFA competition matches not extended,” UEFA said in a statement. “Considering the different rules and regulations applicable across the Uefa member association territories, it was decided to leave any decision with regards to spectators to the relevant competent authorities.” Follow us for more Champions League fixtures updates and predictions.

It is learnt that, traveling fans have not been able to attend almost all matches in European club football since the start of the pandemic, with only a small number of fans allowed at the Champions League and the Europa League finals in May. The opening Champions League games on September 14 include Bayern Munich playing at Barcelona and Manchester United visiting Swiss champion Young Boys.

UEFA added that “5% of the total allowed stadium capacity will be reserved to fans of the away team, subject to any decision in this respect falling under the responsibility of the relevant competent authorities.” UEFA also confirmed that players and officials will now be allowed to enter highest-risk areas at stadiums without further testing.

However, players may still need to undergo testing to enter other countries for matches, depending on national government coronavirus restrictions. “This includes checking if the type of vaccination of all individuals of a team delegation is accepted by authorities of the country which they are going to visit for the match,” UEFA added.

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