Allowing fans on stadiums in Poland may soon be possible: report

The boards of both PKO BP Ekstraklasa, the organiser of top football division, and PGE Ekstraliga, its speedway counterpart, received a green light from the government to prepare solutions allowing the return of fans to the stadiums, Interia news website reported on Thursday.

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The suspended 2019/2020 season of Ekstraklasa is scheduled to return on May 29, while the beginning of 2020 season of speedway league is planned to take place on June 12.

On Thursday, Zbigniew Boniek, the chairman of the Polish Football Association sent a letter to the Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki about the possibility of allowing fans to enter matches of three top divisions (Ekstraklasa, I Liga, II Liga).

“Following the current events concerning COVID-19 pandemic and systematic restoration of business-economic activities, I would like to request the Prime Minister to consider a partial admission of the audience to the football stadiums,” Mr Boniek was quoted as saying by Interia website.

“The PM is optimistic about the plans of allowing fans to the stadium. Of course, he does not mean full arenas, like before the pandemic, because it is not yet possible. The percentage of the filling of the stadiums and halls is a matter of discussion between the government and the sports associations,” Ryszard Czarnecki, the deputy head of the Polish Volleyball Association (PZPS) told “Przegląd Sportowy” daily.

The PZPN’s plan includes allowing up to 999 fans at a stadium at a time, but not more than 20 percent of the stadium’s capacity. The tickets would be sold only online, the catering facilities would be closed and fans would not be able to bring any kind of luggage.

UEFA Europa League final not in Gdańsk?

The final of the UEFA Europa League competition was scheduled to take place in Gdańsk, northern Poland on May 27, 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European competitions were suspended.

It was not yet announced how they will be restored, but one of the scenarios includes conducting all the remaining matches of UEFA Europa League in August, including the final on August 26 or 27 in Gdańsk
However, according to unofficial reports, Greece applied to organise the “Final 8” tournament including all the teams that remain in the UEFA Europa League. If UEFA agrees, Gdańsk would not be the venue for the final.

Greece is not as strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as other countries of the region. As of Friday, a total of 2,853 cases were confirmed in the country.

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