Bundesliga Clubs Vote to Allow Return of Fans From September

SV Werder Bremen v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Bundesliga
Fans may return to stadiums in Germany from September | Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Clubs in Germany's top two divisions have voted to allow fans back in stadiums when the 2020/21 season resumes on 18 September, with the final decision left to the government.

Like in the rest of Europe, fans have been banned from stadiums in Germany since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the final stretch of the 2019/20 season taking place behind closed doors.

A vote was held on Tuesday with representatives of all 36 Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga clubs, however, and those present were asked whether they approved on a potential return of fans from the 2020/21 season's first round of fixtures.

The Bundesliga have since confirmed that clubs voted in favour of the resolution, and it will now be down to governing authorities to determine whether or not it is safe for fans to once again attend matches.

The amount of fans permitted to attend will depend on the stadium, though it is expected that stadiums will be allowed to fill no more than a third of their maximum capacity for an initial period. Strict social distancing measures will likely be applied to those who do attend, as well as some form of 'track and trace' system.

The Bundesliga have said that away supporters will not be permitted until the end of the year, presumably to discourage long-distance travelling, while alcohol will not be sold in stadia before 31 October.