As the upcoming Champions League group stage games start next week, UEFA has given an allowance for away team fans to travel and attend games outside their country after more than a year. UEFA has given vaccine programs across Europe as the reason for relaxing its rules.
The opening group games of the Champions League begin on September 14th which include Bayern Munich playing at Barcelona and Manchester United facing Swiss champion Young Boys away. The COVID-19 pandemic meant that fans were not allowed to gather for nearly all UEFA-organized matches last season and also for the qualifying rounds of the three club competitions this season including the Europa League and Europa Conference.
UEFA has repealed that ban and cleared the way for fans to travel if they are allowed by the health and government rules that are in place in the home team’s city. UEFA said that five per cent of the maximum allowed stadium capacity will be given to fans of the away team but it is subject to any decision in this regard that falls under the responsibility of the relevant competent authorities. The Association continued saying that ongoing vaccination programs across Europe plus countries clearing the way for more flexible movement for people who were vaccinated or have recovered from the COVID-19 virus to go to public events without being tested has made them realize that this band had to be lifted.
Players and officials will benefit too as they can get into high-risk areas without being tested but UEFA has also said that they must verify the rules of the national borders and that includes the type of vaccination accepted by the country within its borders which may affect Chelsea’s game with Zenit St. Petersburg as Russia takes the Sputnik vaccine which has not been accepted by the United Kingdom.