Berlin (AP) – The home game of 1. FC Union Berlin against SC Freiburg will take place on Saturday (3.30 pm / Sky) in the Bundesliga in front of approximately 4500 spectators in the An der Alten Försterei stadium.
The responsible health department approved a hygiene concept submitted by the club and, despite the increasing number of infections, allows the event with a total of 5000 participants. Chants and chants in the stands are, however, prohibited to the public. This is what the Berlin Infection Protection Ordinance provides. In addition, the requirement to wear a face mask in the stadium has been tightened up again.
“The current revised hygiene concept of the 1st FC Union meets the requirements of the current Infection Protection Ordinance,” said the Treptow-Köpenick district office. “So far there is no evidence of an outbreak related to a regulated event with a limited number of people (…) and in accordance with known hygiene guidelines.”
The Union stadium with a capacity of about 22,000 is one of the most atmospheric in Germany. The Berliners urged the public to return early in the Corona crisis and originally planned to play in front of a sold-out house again. These plans have failed so far.
“I think it’s great that there can be spectators in the stadium,” said national coach Urs Fischer in view of the meeting against Freiburg. But it is “a new feeling when spectators are there and have to be quiet,” added the Swiss, who understands this measure, however: “There are rules to follow. That’s why we have to deal with it.”
Feiburg coach Christian Streich reacted cautiously to the fact that about 4,500 spectators are allowed for the away game. “It doesn’t matter if I think it makes sense,” said the SC Freiburg coach. “I assume that those responsible make their decisions in such a way that no one is at risk.”
The Freiburg team had to do without fans last weekend in the 1-1 home game against Werder Bremen. Regardless of the fans, Streich expects “very aggressive and tough football”, even though Union has “improved again in terms of play”. For the fifth match day, Freiburg is twelfth with five points. Union is in tenth place.