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