Qatar, in addition to reducing the capacity of its stadiums, will require viewers to test negative for covid-19 so they can receive their tickets for the Club World Cup matches, from February 4 to 11 in the emirate.
“Fans must submit to rapid PCR or antigenic tests less than 72 hours before each match. If the results are negative, they will be able to receive their input, “said Abdulwahab Al Musleh, Minister of Sports Affairs of the Qatari Ministry of Health, at a press conference in Doha.
Social distancing, a mask, the use of the contact trail application in Qatar and the use of disinfectant solution will be mandatory, he added.
Bayern Munich is the great candidate to stay with this new edition of the Club World Cup. . (Photo by Andreas GEBERT / POOL / AFP)
The number of spectators will be on the other hand limited to 30% of capacity of each of the two 40,000-seat stadiums, which will not host no foreign amateur, taking into account the travel restrictions to Qatar imposed by the pandemic.
Cases of coronavirus in the emirate they are constantly increasing, with 59.5 new cases per 100,000 people last week, a 15% increase compared to the previous week.
The mortality rate is very low and the cases are still lower than in many other countries in the region. “This slight increase means that we will not increase assistance capacity beyond 30%,” Musleh noted, noting that new variants of the coronavirus are likely already in Qatar.
The virus has already forced the team Auckland City FC (New Zealand), who was to represent Oceania, to renounce displacement, due to the quarantine obligation to which he would have had to submit on his return.
Social distance, a mask, the use of the contact trail application in Qatar and the use of disinfectant solution will be mandatory. Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)
Despite the desertion, the Club World Cup will continue its normal course. The only difference is that due to the absence of Auckland, Al Duhail (Qatari league champion and host) will go directly to the next round. The other protagonists of the competition will be: Tigers (Central America), Bayern Munich (Europe), Ulsan Hyundai (Asia), Al-ahly (Africa) and Santos or Palmeiras (to be defined as champion of the Libertadores on January 30).
With information from AFP