Sports fans to return to stadiums in Poland: PM

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Friday that supporters will be allowed to fill up to 25 percent of stadiums’ capacity during matches from June 19.

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the government is working on a solution to enable some fans to attend matches.

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Matches of PKO BP Ekstraklasa, the top Polish football league, return on Friday after the break caused by the pandemic lockdown. At the beginning of the restored competition, fans will not be allowed in stadiums. “We are glad that we created a special mechanism to get back into the game. It is a signal of the return to the ‘new normality,’” Mr Morawiecki told a press conference.

“For me, football is more than just a game. This is a great promotion of Poland, Polish business, our will to fight, our skills and capabilities. I am glad that our Ekstraklasa will be broadcast in 16 countries,” the PM said.

Supporters will be allowed to fill up to 25 percent of the stadium. The sanitary rules and social distancing will have to be maintained.

“We will do it in such a way that proper disinfection, the sale of tickets and access to stadiums will not cause grouping of people. Fans at the arenas will be seated in keeping with the sanitary rules,” the PM said.

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“We are glad that sport returns... I hope that the return of the fans will be safe and we all follow all the rules,” Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk, the Polish Sports Minister said.

The first football matches after the pandemic break in Poland have already taken place. Legia Warsaw defeated Miedź Legnica, and Lech Poznań won against Stal Mielec in the quarter-finals of the Polish Cup.

The 27th round of Ekstraklasa will commence on Friday evening with the match between Śląsk Wrocław and Raków Częstochowa.