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Football Fans Allowed Back Into Stadiums From Beginning of Next Season

Football stadiums in the Czech Republic will fully open to the public only from the beginning of the next season.

However, epidemiologist Rastislav Maďar said during an interview for Seznam Spravy that “as part of the gradual relaxation of measures, in a few weeks, up to several thousand fans could go to football matches under special conditions.”

The rest of the current campaign will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus crisis, with every match shown live on TV in a bid to prevent supporters from missing out.

The top two leagues in the Czech Republic resumed on May 23. The plan is for two games to be played per week and the season to be completed by July 18 this year.

The restart made the Czech league one of the first in Europe to take to the pitch again, following the Bundesliga in Germany which began matches on May 16.

Public health officers are monitoring matches and any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 will have to serve a period in quarantine. An entire team could also be quarantined in such instances.

Drive-in football fans

Meanwhile, fans in the Czech Republic, where the league has resumed behind closed doors, have been treated to a novel way to gather to show support for their team and watch live matches.

When Sparta Prague entertained second-placed Viktoria Plzen Wednesday, supporters were able to watch the game on big screens from inside their cars at drive-in movie theaters in Plzen and Prague.

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