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UEFA said the admission of fans and the capacity limit would be subject to the decision of local authorities (stock photo)

UEFA said the admission of fans and the capacity limit would be subject to the decision of local authorities (stock photo)

UEFA said the admission of fans and the capacity limit would be subject to the decision of local authorities (stock photo)

Spectators are to be allowed at European club and national team competition matches, at up to 30pc of stadium capacity, where local authorities allow, UEFA said yesterday.

The decision followed what UEFA described as a successful pilot match on September 24 where Bayern Munich faced Sevilla in the Super Cup in Budapest.

Apart from that game, UEFA has staged all matches behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic since the restart of football in June.

UEFA said the admission of fans and the capacity limit would be subject to the decision of local authorities.

It said that matches cannot be played with spectators where local authorities do not allow it and that the limit of 30pc may be reached if the limit set by local authorities is not lower.

It added that away fans would not be allowed, that social distancing will be mandatory for spectators and additional precautionary measures such as the wearing of masks must be implemented according to local rules.

"The UEFA Super Cup demonstrated that it is possible for fans to attend football matches in the right circumstances by putting their health and safety first with comprehensive mitigating measures in place," UEFA said.