RTL Today – Football: France becomes the first of the Big 5 leagues to welcome its fans again

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Fans will return to French football stadiums before Ligue 1.

National competitive football stopped in France in early March and the authorities have decided to end their championship season.

The other four main European leagues have all resumed their seasons in empty stadiums. This weekend, French clubs will open their doors slightly, as they will be playing friendly matches with a maximum attendance of 5,000 people and according to strict health protocols.

Some teams had already scheduled matches for the weekend before authorities announced it was the day the stadiums could reopen to the public.

On Saturday, two second division pitches in north-western France will host matches. Chambly, host of the third division, Boulogne-sur-Mer and Caen welcome Paris FC for matches which will probably only attract a few hundred spectators at most.

The large-scale test will take place on Sunday when Le Havre, another second division club, will welcome the stars of Paris Saint-Germain.

Because the 5,000 person limit includes teams, officials, journalists and security personnel, between 4,000 and 4,500 tickets were made available to spectators and were picked up in minutes, according to the club. Haven.

The 25,000-seat Ocean Stadium will be close to the crowd in the club’s last home game: 5,948 spectators for a second division game against Auxerre in March.

It is expected to be the biggest football crowd for a match in one of the ‘big five’ European countries since March and will be close to participating in Le Havre’s last home game.

The Spanish La Liga, which must end on July 19 without spectators, hopes to resume the following season with an attendance of around 30% of the stadium capacity.

In Germany, where the season has come to an end, the authorities envisage a similar progression while the English could organize test events during the summer.

In Italy, the government only plans to make a decision in “mid-July”.

In all games, wearing a mask will be mandatory when traveling and fans must respect social distance unless they are coming with an established group of family and friends.

These will serve as a health “crash test” for the two finals in France, which both involve PSG, and were postponed until the end of this month.

PSG will face each other in Saint-Etienne in the Coupe de France on July 24 and in Lyon in the Coupe de la Ligue on July 31, the two matches will be played at the Stade de France with 81,000 seats in front of 5,000 spectators.

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