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Bayern fans return hundreds of Super Cup tickets over ‘super spreader’ fears

More than 800 Bayern Munich fans have returned their tickets for the UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla in Budapest over fears the match could become a ‘super spreader’ event.

Bavarian minister president Markus Söder has expressed his concern with the number of Bayern fans travelling to the Puskas Arena stating that the infection rate in the region is “very high.”

“Everyone should think twice before going there,” he said yesterday after he tightened the region’s COVID-19 regulations. He added that any Bayern fan returning from Budapest must either be tested or be quarantined.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had said that roughly 2,100 Bayern fans would be travelling to Hungary for the Supercup, However, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur news agency reported this week that a few hundred supporters had already cancelled their plans to travel to the Hungarian capital.

Originally, both Bayern and Sevilla were allocated 3,000 tickets for the game at the 67,215-capacity venue, though the La Liga side has already returned roughly 2,500 tickets.

European football’s governing body said it expects only 500 Sevilla supporters and 1,300 Bayern fans to attend the game.

Germany has declared Budapest a risk zone, after new infections climbed above the threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 people.

Earlier this week, fans were present at a number of Bundesliga matches after politicians last week reached an agreement to allow stadium attendance of up to 20% capacity across the league.

The biggest attendance was at Signal Iduna Park, where 9,300 fans watched Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 home win against Borussia Mönchengladbach. It marked Dortmund’s first home match with fans since February.

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