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31/05/2020 - 19:30

OFI proposed for 20% attendance at playoffs

Cretans introduced a well-thought plan, greek government will decide

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POSSIBILITY OF ARENAS BEING 20% FULL

With the playoffs and playouts due to begin in early June, the Super League organisation will request permission from the state to fill arenas up to 20% of their capacity.

Fans could be returning to matches much earlier than expected. Initially, we had no doubt that the 2019/2020 Super League playoffs and playouts were going to be played behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but there is now a strong possibility that clubs will be allowed to sell up to 20% of tickets for their matches. The Super League organisation agreed to submit a formal request to the government after OFI made the initial suggestion.

Reports have suggested that Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport, Lefteris Avgenakis, is in favour of this idea.

Serbia have adopted a similar approach. Furthermore, it’s already been formally confirmed that 10% of tickets will be sold for games in Russia, where almost 400,000 COVID-19 cases have been registered. The Russian Premier League will resume on June 21.

Greece, in stark contrast, has only experienced 2,906 cases of the illness. Both the Super League playoffs and playouts will begin on June 6.

However, taking into account that venues have varying capacities, there will be vast differences in the amount of tickets on sale. For example, considering that the Olympic Stadium - used by AEK and Panathinaikos - boasts a maximum capacity of 69,618, the two Athenian clubs in question will be allowed to put 13,923 tickets on sale. On the other hand, PAOK will only be permitted to sell 5,740 tickets, with the Toumba Stadium possessing a somewhat smaller capacity.

Here is a table displaying the average attendances of each Super League club (on the left) and the amount of tickets allowed to be sold for the playoffs/playouts (on the right):

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However, when speaking to the press, Asteras Tripolis president Giorgos Borovilos suggested that the stands will be empty for the first round of games: “Yes, OFI’s proposal of having 20% of supporters at matches was discussed, but we didn’t make a final decision because the main thing was to finalise the resumption of the championship. We will be without fans, at least for the start.”

The schedule for the playoffs and playouts has been confirmed by the Super League.

credits: www.agonasport.com


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