Berlin (dpa) – The strong decrease in the number of spectators at the home games of the Bundesliga football clubs Hertha BSC and 1. FC Union Berlin has been decided.

As the German news agency has learned from circles in the Berlin Senate, the maximum number of people for outdoor events should be reduced from 5000 to 1000 participants. Also, the number of people admitted to venue events will be reduced from 1,000 to just 800. The Bild newspaper had previously reported on such plans. The new regulation is expected to enter into force next Saturday (October 31).

It remains to be seen whether tickets will be sold at all in the future for the games in the Olympic Stadium and the An der Alten Försterei stadium. With such a small audience, the hygiene and safety efforts should hardly be worth it.

Last Saturday there were about 4,500 fans at the home game of 1. FC Union against SC Freiburg (1: 1) in Berlin-K√∂penick. This had provoked fierce political criticism. It is still unclear what the situation will look like next Sunday (6 p.m. / Sky) for Hertha’s match against VfL Wolfsburg. Hertha temporarily suspended ticket sales on Monday. The capital’s club called the “current pandemic situation” on Twitter the reason for the measure. “We are in contact with the Senate and will keep you informed,” said the tweet.

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