Budapest (dpa) – Given the corona situation, mayor Gergely Karacsony of Budapest has spoken out against hosting the Supercup final FC Bayern Munich against FC Sevilla for the public.

“If I had the legal means to decide, I would let the game take place behind closed gates,” said the green-liberal politician of the opposition daily “Nepzava”. “The responsibility rests with those who have the power to make decisions,” he added, referring to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing government.

The match is scheduled for Thursday evening in the Budapest Puskas Arena. The stadium, which has a seating capacity of approximately 67,000, has about 30 percent of the seats available to fans. The project, to which the European Football Association UEFA and the Orban government insist, is considered controversial. Germany’s Robert Koch Institute classifies Budapest as a risk area due to increasing corona rates. Bayern on Tuesday tightened quarantine regulations for returning fans.

Karacsony has been mayor of Budapest since October last year. In the direct elections, he had triumphed more clearly than expected against the incumbent party of Orban’s Fidesz party.

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