Dortmund will host Gladbach in front of 10,000 fans in the opening Bundesliga


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Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga match at the start of the season at home to Borussia Monchengladbach is set to be played in front of around 10,000 supporters.

Bundesliga clubs have got the green light for fans returning to the stadiums for the start of the 2020-21 season in Germany amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2019-20 campaign resumed behind closed doors in May due to COVID-19, which forced it to postpone the league in March.

But with the new Bundesliga season set to begin on Friday, a process needs to be carried out – up to 20 per cent of the stadium’s capacity can be utilized, while stringent hygiene requirements will be imposed, and prohibited alcohol.

Outside fans will not be allowed to participate, although a game would be forced behind closed doors if the infection rate in the hometown is too high for a period of seven days.

On Tuesday Dortmund announced that a small crowd will be present for Saturday’s match against Gladbach at Signal Iduna Park, where only Dortmund or North Rhine-Westphalia will be granted access.

“Bundesliga teams, but also clubs and associations of other sports, can be very happy today, and we definitely have that feeling at BVB,” said Hans-Joachim Watzke, Dortmund’s general manager.

“I want to thank everyone in politics who has contributed to today’s decision in recent weeks. At the same time, I feel a great obligation that we, the club, with the fans involved, will handle this trial period in an extremely responsible manner. in the coming weeks. The now-approved partial return of viewers is in any case a very important step for all football fans in Germany. “

Last season saw Dortmund finish second against rivals Bayern Munich, while Gladbach secured a top-four place as they qualified for the Champions League.

Posted on 16 Sep 2020, 05:50 AM


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