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Fans to be allowed into some grounds in Spain for last two weeks of the season

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-05-14 09:29
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Atletico Madrid's Koke at the La Liga Santander in Barcelona, Spain on May 8, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

MADRID -- Fans could be allowed back into some grounds in La Liga for the last two rounds of matches this season.

On Wednesday, Spain's Minister for Culture and Sport, Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, confirmed late on Wednesday that supporters will be able to attend games in stadiums for the first time since the start of March 2020, following strict protocols, which include wearing masks and the banning of smoking and eating in grounds.

Grounds will be able to operate at 30 percent capacity, but only in regions where there is a 14-day incidence of COVID-19 of less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The only region of Spain that currently fits that requirement is the Comunidad Valencia, which means in theory supporters will be able to attend Sunday's matches between Valencia and Eibar and Villarreal and Sevilla, while supporters would also be able to be in the ground for Elche's vital home game against Athletic Club Bilbao on the last day of the season.

There is also a chance that falling infection rates in the Balearic Islands could mean supporters will be able to cheer on second division Mallorca as they look to seal their promotion back to La Liga.

Fans in Madrid and Barcelona won't be able to watch Atletico Madrid or FC Barcelona, however, given that the regions of Madrid and Catalonia have incidences of 277 and 212 according to the Spanish Ministry of Health, while Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is currently undergoing important renovation work. 

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