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Ger­many’s first and second di­vi­sion soc­cer clubs said Tues­day they were pre­pared to al­low some fans back into sta­di­ums next season if the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal au­thor­i­ties gave the green light later this month. “We are pre­par­ing to take this small step (with fans in sta­di­ums) when the time comes,” Ger­man Foot­ball League chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Christian Seifert, pic­tured, said. “Pri­or­ity is not full sta­di­ums but the health sit­u­a­tion. We should not take un­nec­es­sary risks but we should also not ca­pit­u­late and just ex­pect it to go away.” The new Bun­desliga season starts Sept. 18. In light of the pan­demic, Seifert said that if fans were al­lowed into sta­di­ums, there would be no vis­it­ing sup­port­ers at least un­til the end of the year to min­i­mize the risk of in­fec­tion, no stand­ing tri­bunes and no al­co­hol sales.

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