The UEFA Super Cup Final sees 20,000 fans at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, while followers from Sevilla and Bayern Munich ignore ‘biological bomb’ warnings to show their support
- Fans have ignored warnings that they would introduce a ‘biological bomb’ to attend the UEFA Super Cup final
- Images show little social distance with Sevilla fans grouped close together in the Puskas stadium
- The German authorities have warned fans not to travel with Bayern Munich and return some of their tickets
Fans of Seville and Bayern Munich have ignored warnings that they would introduce a ‘biological bomb’ to attend the UEFA Super Cup final in Budapest.
Despite the match taking place in a coronavirus hotspot, 20,000 supporters gathered in the Puskas Arena to cheer on their teams, but there are fears that the game will become a ‘superspreader’.
Images show little social distance with fans gathered together, although there are more supporters from Spain than their Bundesliga opponents.
Fans ignored warnings they would introduce a ‘biological bomb’ to attend the UEFA Super Cup final in Hungary
Sevilla outpaces German opponents after Bundesliga side returned two-thirds of their ticket allocation in advance
German authorities have warned Bayern fans of the dangers of traveling with the game taking place in a coronavirus hotspot
Fans of Seville were filmed partying on a plane on the way to the match, while Bayern returned two-thirds of their tickets after German authorities warned they would introduce a ‘biological bomb’ meaning more places were available for local supporters.
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soder said: ‘My stomach hurts when I think about the Supercup.
‘Budapest is a risk area. There is a high incidence of infections and we have to be very, very careful not to risk football Ischgl. ‘
Images show little social distance in the Puskas stadium with fans grouped close together with 20,000 tickets allocated
Ischgl is a winter sports village in Austria where an estimated 6,000 people have contracted the corona virus. It’s called ‘Ibiza on ice’ and has been used as a synonym for wherever Covid-19 infections are getting out of hand.
The authorities in Hungary have also expressed concern about the match taking place with the presence of fans.
Gergely Karácsony, mayor of the host city, previously emphasized that he would have preferred the game to be played behind closed doors, and would have tried to do so had he been given legal authority.
Bayern has offered fans traveling to Budapest free coronavirus tests until Saturday afternoon, two days after the completion of the match between the German and Spanish clubs, according to RTL.
The club has set up a testing room in the Allianz Arena, where returnees can get a free test and receive their results by email. The 14-day quarantine period can be bypassed if the test result is negative.
Leon Goretzka equalized for Bayern after Lucas Ocampos gave Sevilla an early lead when fans were able to celebrate both goals
Video footage of Sevilla fans partying on their way to Budapest preceded the game on Thursday afternoon
It follows from a recent surge in cases in Bavaria, which led to fans abandoning plans to return to the Allianz Arena to watch Bayern destroy Schalke 8-0 in their Bundesliga season opener.
Supporters have seen two goals in the game so far, with Lucas Ocampos giving Sevilla an early lead from the penalty spot after David Alaba knocked out Lukk de Jong.
But Bayern equalized via Leon Goretzka after a cut-back from Robert Lewandowski.