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La Liga: This is how clubs plan to welcome fans back to football in Spain

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A guideline issued by clubs in the Spanish La Liga has reportedly shown how they want to have fans in the stadium under strict guidelines to avoid a spike in coronavirus cases.

Spain had over 30,000 deaths and 300,000 cases from the deadly virus. According to the document sighted by AFP, The return of fans to stadiums in Spain will be subjected to strict limitations. Supporters have to register in advance, take turns at attending games, and their temperatures will be checked on arrival.

According to the document, fans must register with their contact details if they wish to attend matches. The Spanish football clubs are trying to find a way to bring back crowds in limited numbers following the coronavirus-enforced holiday.

How La Liga clubs structured the guidelines

Although the initial agreement was that the remaining games of the season would be held behind closed doors, which has been the case since the restart, many clubs are feeling the impact of the fans on the field of play.

It was gathered that clubs would choose the supporters to allow into the stadium. Spectators will have to arrive at the stadium on a matchday in pre-allocated time slots but won’t be allowed into the stadium if their temperature reading is over 37.5 degrees Celsius.

The clubs will also mandate fans to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and exit one row at a time at the end of the match.

Also, the catering facilities of the clubs will remain closed, but fans will get two bottles of water on their way in.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has been hoping that a limited number of fans could be allowed back into games before the season ends on July 19.

However, the government, who is the final decision maker is yet to comment on it. Tebas had on June 11 said there would be an agreement in two weeks, but it won’t be the whole stadium.

“If we could fill 10 percent or 15 percent of stadiums for the end of the season on some grounds, then we would be very happy,” he added.

The final decision now lies with Spain’s National Sports Council (CSD), which must first consult with the country’s Health Ministry and different autonomous governments.