German minister argues for fewer fans in European Championship stadiums due to the advance of corona variants

Duitse minister pleit voor minder fans in EK-stadions door opmars van coronavarianten

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has called on the British government and European football association UEFA to reduce the number of fans in Wembley at European Championship matches. According to Seehofer, who is also Sports Minister, there is too much risk of coronavirus infection in Britain, where the delta variant is circulating at high speed.

“I think it’s irresponsible for tens of thousands of people to gather in narrow spaces in countries classified at risk because of the highly contagious delta variant,” Seehofer said in the newspaper on Tuesday. Augsburg General.

Later Tuesday (6 pm) the cracker of the eighth finals between England and Germany is scheduled for about 45,000 fans at Wembley, half the capacity of the stadium. Seehofer sees more advantage in stadiums that are twenty percent full. This is the case, for example, in the Munich Allianz Arena, also home to several European Championship matches.

Wembley also sets the stage for the final stages of the tournament, hosting the semi-finals and final. For those top matches, the stadium would be filled to 75 percent, which amounts to about 60,000 supporters.

Horst Seehofer.
Photo: Felix Schröder / dpa


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