Uefa Super Cup: President of Bavaria urges Bayern Munich fans not to travel to Budapest for Sevilla clash

‘My stomach hurts thinking about the Super Cup,’ said Markus Soder

Karolos Grohmann
Monday 21 September 2020 16:00
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Bavarian Premier Markus Soder on Monday urged Bayern Munich fans not to travel to the Uefa Super Cup final against Sevilla in Budapest this week or risk turning the event into a hotbed for Covid-19 to spread.

The German champions, who won the Champions League, face Europa League winners Sevilla in the Hungarian capital on Thursday.

"My stomach hurts thinking about the Super Cup. Budapest is a risk area. We have to be very careful that we don't risk turning it into a football-Ischgl," he said.

Thousands of people were infected with the virus at the Austrian winter resort of Ischgl earlier this year as the virus found a breeding ground in crowded apres-ski bars early on in the outbreak.

Soder said that if several thousand Bavarians travel to Hungary, they should then go into quarantine upon their return.

Hungary is seeing a rise in cases and a decision on tighter health measures will be taken on Tuesday.

"My appeal would be to think about it again and see if this is really necessary," Soder said. 

"The Super Cup is an exciting game, but it is not the most decisive game of all."

Reuters

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