Football Supporters Return to the Stands to Attend Friendly Matches

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Several hundred spectators, mostly masked, attended the friendly footballmatch between Caen and Paris FC at the Michel d'Ornano stadium on July 11, 2020

A new health protocol has been in place since Saturday 11th July 2020 in French football stadiums. It notably authorizes the presence of 5,000 supporters in the stands.

300 spectators, masks and various protective measures against the Covid-19 : the friendly matches between Chambly and Boulogne (1-1) as well as between Caen and Paris FC (1-0), Saturday July 11, 2020, allowed the return of the public to football in France , four months after the end of competitions.

Compliance with health protocol

The FC Chambly (L2) and UBSCO (National) have released Saturday afternoon the new health protocol sporting events in the fight against the spread of coronavirus: Gauge limited to 5000 persons in the stands1 safety distance, 5 meters between supporters and compulsory direction of circulation in the stands, in particular.

In Gouvieux (Oise), the Senlis sub-prefecture had set the gauge for 300 spectators.

As expected, those present in the stands respected the wearing of the mandatory mask. The public around the handrail, for whom the mask was only recommended, for the most part maintained social distancing during the 90 minutes.


“We are happy”

Chambly and Boulogne left back to back on the score of 1-1, the USBCO having rather dominated the debates.

For its part, SM Caen (L2) lost 1 to 0 against Paris FC (L2) at home, with a goal by Florian Martin in the 28 th , in front of about 300 spectators in an annex stadium which may contain 1,200.

“We are happy, for 2-3 months that we have not seen them, even if it hurts the heart that there are not many people in the stands. In the game, there is a bit of waste, it’s normal, it’s only just started, “soberly analyzes Serge Pain, a 69-year-old SM Caen supporter.

PSG-HAC this Sunday

Calm atmosphere and a bit messy game, but the main thing is elsewhere: “It’s going very well, everyone is wearing a mask. There is a sense of circulation in the gallery. There are two empty seats between each person or family home in the gallery, and a distance of 1.50 m around the handrail. We made gel available in several places, ”explains Matthieu Gonet, the press secretary of SM Caen.

Sunday is the turn of the tenor of League 1 to make his return in front of his supporters in the flesh: Paris SG faces Le Havre at 19h, with 5000 people expected at the Océane stadium .

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