Bun­desliga shows the way with track-and-trace sys­tem

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Football - By Mike Mc­Grath

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.

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