Fans violate the rules of social distance in the final of the Bulgarian Cup

Officials eased rules for Wednesday’s final, in which Lokomotiv won 5-3 on penalties, increasing the number of fans allowed at the stadium from 4,000 to 12,000.

The football resumed in Bulgaria on June 5 and, despite fans acknowledging “non-compliance with anti-epidemic measures”, the authorities agreed increase the number of spectators at Sofia’s Vasil Levski National Stadium, where the fans were said to observe social distance of 1.5 meters.
According to Reuters, The government also advised spectators to wear face masks, which are offered free of charge to anyone who enters the stadium. But many fans chose not to wear a face cover

CNN contacted Bulgarian FA, CSKA Sofia and Lokomotiv Plovdiv for comment, but did not receive an immediate answer.

There were 5,154 of them on Thursday confirmed cases Covid-19 was recorded in Bulgaria, almost half of which is active. The government said 165 new cases had been reported in the past 24 hours.

The match ended 0-0 after extra time, but the 100% penalty conversion rate saw Lokomotiv retain the Cup and secure a place in the Europa League qualifying rounds.

CSKA head coach Milos Kruscic got up after the game.

There have also been reports that fans displayed a “White Lives Matter” poster during the game, a message most strongly condemned in the English Premier League after Burnley fans prepared a similar banner to be thrown ahead of their side’s game against Manchester City.
An increased number of fans were allowed into the stadium for the finals on Wednesday.

The final on Wednesday raises additional questions about holding football matches with fans in attendance.

Bulgarian Sports Minister Krasen Kralev reportedly said violations during Wednesday’s game could lead to the implementation of “more drastic measures”.

The Balkan countries, which have seen less serious coronavirus epidemics compared to other European countries, opened up sporting events relatively quickly.

In June, 20,000 fans attended the Belgrade derby, while a few days later Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour the tennis event started in the capital of serbia, and fans were present.

The Adria Tour was sharply criticized after several of the best players, including Djokovic, tested positive for coronavirus, which he played in another competition in Zadar, Croatia.

Schedules in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain took place behind closed doors, while in other European countries some fans retaliated.

For example, in Denmark, a limited number of spectators are allowed to enter stadiums while observing social distance.

Spectators watch during the Danish Super League match between Broendby and FC Copenhagen on June 21st.
Last week Danish Football Union he announced that he was “very pleased” with the way the games were conducted, and that he hoped to return to almost normal capacities next season.
Although almost all elite sports were delayed in Europe at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Belarusian Premier League continued to play.

This resulted in a sudden popularity, with the country’s football federation securing new broadcasting contracts in as many as 10 countries.

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