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German supporters return in limited numbers

FC Union Berlin has just welcomed 4,500 football supporters last weekend for their match against Freiburg after obtaining approval for an improved hygiene concept from local German health officials.

Union President Dirk Zingler defended his club’s approach to implement a safe fan concept, repeating that the onus is not on football clubs to request permission to hold such events. According to Zingler, state officials should “give a good reason why they must be cancelled.”

Spectators were required to wear masks at all times, not merely when they are moving outside their designated seat. Berlin public health officials ruled that, so long as this supplementary requirement was added, the supporters may be allowed in again.

In Berlin, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants has continued to rise over the past seven days. The incidence rate on Sunday (October 25, 2020) was 122.7 (previous day: 119.1)  In the London Borough of Newham, the infection rate is currently 141 per 100,000.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “German supporters return in limited numbers

  1. We’re playing so much better without fans, it’s probably best if we stay away. What’s the betting that in the first game we’re allowed back, we crash 3-0 to someone like a Fulham and there’s a demonstration against the owners? That would be an interesting conundrum.

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