Bayern Munich vs Sevilla Super Cup to have fans despite claims they will be 'experimental rabbits' for coronavirus

THURSDAY'S Uefa Super Cup clash will take place in front of thousands of fans despite claims the coronavirus risk is too high.

Supporters allowed to attend the game between Bayern Munich and Sevilla in Budapest have been likened to "experimental rabbits" ahead of the tie.

Taking the traditional curtain-raiser to Hungary's capital, the green light has been given for the 67,000-seater Puskas Arena to be 30 per cent full.

That is despite almost every league around the world banning fans from entering stadiums, with Europe in particular experiencing signs of a second wave of infections.

Both clubs were handed 3,000 tickets to bring fans over from Spain and Germany.

Travelling supporters are required to present a negative coronavirus test dating less than three days before the game, and must leave the country within 72 hours.

When inside the ground, fans must remain at least 1.5m apart, wear masks, and disinfect their hands.

Uptake has been slow to say the least, with only 500 Sevilla fans making the trip.

Less than 1,000 Bayern fans are expected to attend after hundreds returned their tickets.

Bavarian leader Markus Soder stated on Monday that the Budapest infection rate was "very high" and Germans risk being told to quarantine upon arriving home.

The vast majority of attendees will therefore be Hungarian, leading to fears of a significant local outbreak.

Ildiko Borbely, of the opposition socialist party in Hungary, stated: "This experiment is unacceptable.

"They use 14,000 compatriots as experimental rabbits to see how the coronavirus spreads at mass gatherings. We reject exposing Hungary to such danger."

Likewise, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony said: "If I had the legal possibility of deciding on this issue, the match for sure would be held behind closed doors.

"But I don’t have the right, so the responsibility belongs to those that do."

The decision to allow fans into the stadium rests with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

We came here to play football, these decisions are made elsewhere.

The avid football fan has been accused of utilising a legal loophole to open the arena amid criticism of his handling of the pandemic.

After an 8-0 victory in their Bundesliga opener, Bayern are hot favourites for the clash and boss Hansi Flick accepts the decision to welcome spectators to the game.

He said: "After all, I live in Munich which is almost a coronavirus hotspot.

"We came here to play football, these decisions are made elsewhere. We have one goal: to win the Super Cup."

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