Bundesliga shows the way with track-and-trace system
Bundesliga clubs have agreed on a track-and-trace system for supporters to return to stadiums, in a forerunner to the Premier League allowing fans back.
Germany’s top flight and second division met yesterday to thrash out the rules for when spectators are allowed back – a move which needs government approval – for the 2020-21 campaign.
The guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during the pandemic include having no away ticket allocation until at least the end of 2020, no standing areas for fans, a ban on alcohol at the stadium and fans giving contact details in the case of infection.
Premier League clubs will be carefully watching how German clubs prepare for their season, which they want to be played in front of spectators even if they are socially distanced.
The Bundesliga was the first elite competition to return to action durhas ing the pandemic and English clubs used its resumption to help them during Project Restart when the Premier League was completed.
Clubs met yesterday at an extraordinary meeting to agree on the guidelines, which were seen by the German federal ministry of health.
“The professional clubs will, until it is possible to readmit stadium visitors in the corresponding period, refrain from admission of tickets for visiting fans to matches in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 until the end of the year,” read a statement from the Bundesliga.
“The [leagues] plan to have their home games without standing visitors until Oct 31, on a voluntary basis. If it is possible to play games in the presence of stadium visitors, the clubs will refrain from serving alcohol at their home games until Oct 31.”
The clubs agreed to undertake to record the identity of fans attending games in the event of infections.