The mayor of Budapest, Gergely Karácsony, assured this Wednesday that if it were up to him, he would not allow spectators in the Super Cup this Thursday between Sevilla and Bayern Munich at the Puskás Aréna stadium in the Hungarian capital.
“If he had legal resources, the meeting would surely be organized behind closed doors,” said the mayor in statements published today by the newspaper Népszava, speaking about the risks of contagion by the coronavirus.
The Super Cup, considered a “pilot test” by UEFA, will be the first match at European level with fans in the stands since the outbreak of the pandemic. It will be played in front of some 20,000 spectators, one third of the stadium’s maximum capacity.
The mayor, one of the leaders of the left-wing opposition party “Dialogue for Hungary”, added that, as he himself does not have the powers in this matter, “the responsibility will be of those who do have them.”
He thus refers to the Hungarian government of the far-right prime minister, Viktor Orbán.
On the other hand, Karácsony stressed that he has ordered that urban transport circulate “at maximum capacity”, especially Line 2 of the Budapest metro, which has a stop next to the stadium.
The match between the winner of the Europa League and the Champions League will be held under strict security measures, and UEFA will assess after the match the possibility of authorizing the entry of spectators to other international events.
Bayern will use just over 1,000 tickets, while Sevilla less than 500, despite the fact that both teams received 3,000 tickets each for their respective fans.
Foreign fans will be able to enter Hungary only with a negative coronavirus test of less than 72 hours, and when entering the stadium their body temperature will be measured and those with a fever of more than 37.8 degrees may be excluded.
In the stadium, the use of masks will be mandatory, except when the fans occupy their seats, maintaining the distance of one and a half meters.
From the Hungarian opposition to Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder and Bayern coach Hans Flick have criticized allowing spectators to enter the stadium.
They allege that the contagion with the coronavirus is growing considerably throughout the continent and also in Hungary.
In addition, the German health authorities have declared Budapest a “risk zone” due to the pandemic.