Belgium wants test matches to get fans back into the football stadium

With the declining corona figures in Belgium and the increasing vaccinations, the football clubs in our southern neighbours are already thinking about a strategy to get spectators back to the stadium. With test competitions, they want to prove that, just like zoos there, they can safely receive public again.

On the board of directors of the Pro League, the collection of professional clubs, the return of audience in the stadiums was discussed. For this purpose, the clubs want to cooperate with the cultural sector. The Netherlands is the light example for Belgium. Some pilot events were already organized there. That happened on Monday afternoon in the Beatrix Theater in Utrecht. The 500 visitors had to show a negative PCR corontest of up to 48 hours old, they had a temperature measurement, got a motion sensor girded and have to be tested again after five days.

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this way, the clubs also want to allow in the stadiums in test competitions to be publicly safe. For this purpose, further consultation with the authorities needs to be done. Flemish Minister of Sport Ben Weyts and Minister of Internal Affairs Annelies Verlinden have not yet given a conclusive answer.

For this purpose, the next Consultation Committee will have to be awaiting on 26 February. The pilot event would not take place in a full stadium either. The Pro League thinks, as was the case on Monday in Utrecht, about a quarter of the capacity. There will soon be an experiment with a football match in the Netherlands.