UEFA re-opens gates to travelling fans for club competitions

September 7 – UEFA has lifted its ban on away fans attending European club matches when the group stage of the Champions League, Europa League and inaugural Conference League get under way next week.

However, travelling supporters will still be subject to national government COVID-19 restrictions.

Away fans have not been allowed in European club competition since the start of the pandemic, with only a limited number of supporters present at the Champions League and Europa League finals in May.

“Considering the different rules and regulations applicable across the UEFA member association territories, it was decided to… leave any decision with regards to spectators to the relevant competent authorities,” UEFA said in a statement.

UEFA added that it will no longer require players who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 to be tested in order to play in European club competition matches. However, players may still need to be tested to enter countries for matches according to individual government policies.

“5% of the total allowed stadium capacity will be reserved to fans of the away team, subject to any decision in this respect falling under the responsibility of the relevant competent authorities,” said UEFA.

Teams still must verify the rules in place at national borders before traveling.

“This includes checking if the type of vaccination of all individuals of a team delegation is accepted by authorities of the country which they are going to visit for the match.”

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