Munich (AP) – UEFA is sticking to its spectator concept for the Supercup between FC Bayern Munich and FC Sevilla.

Despite criticism from Germany, the pilot project to return fans would continue unchanged, the European Football Association said when asked. On Thursday, the Puskás Arena in Budapest, which can accommodate about 67,000 spectators, is said to be 30 percent full, although the Hungarian capital is a corona-risk area.

However, far fewer Bayern fans will travel to Hungary than initially thought. About 800 tickets have already been returned to UEFA from Munich. The association had allowed a cancellation free of charge. There were 2100 tickets available for Bayern fans. UEFA expects further ticket returns on Tuesday. These cards would not be reassigned. In any case, UEFA received just under 350 ticket requests from Seville.

The match between the Champions League winner from Munich and the Spanish Europa League winner is a test run for UEFA for potential spectators to be admitted to upcoming competitions such as the Nations League or the European Cup. The Prime Minister of Bavaria, Markus Söder, had severely criticized the fans’ trips from Munich to Budapest.

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