EM 2021: Mask and smoker controls! That is what the fans can expect against Portugal


Stricter FFP2 mask controls, smoking bullying and still no alcohol!

Also at the second EM game of the DFB-Elf against Portugal today (6 p.m. / ARD and Magenta TV), spectators in the Allianz Arena can expect stricter corona regulations than, for example, in Munich city center or in the beer garden.

The corona rule madness at the EM continues!

Munich mayor Dieter Reiter (63) wants to have the stadium visitors checked even more on Saturday evening. Every fan should cheer alone, no more ecstasy grapes form. Above all, the SPD politician wants the FFP2 mask requirement to be observed at the seat during the game.

Spicy: That’s what Reiter demands, of all people, who in the meantime took off his protective mask against France in the VIP grandstand, for example to take photos with his mobile phone – not to drink.



Also took off the FFP2 mask for a moment: Munich mayor Dieter ReiterPhoto: ULMER

I, the BILD reporter, was in the stadium on Tuesday, in Block 234, on the edge of the French corner. Hardly any fan wore his mask during the game.

Especially the French fans whistled for the mask rule of Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (54) and the organizers (DFB, Uefa).

Not because the fans were reckless, but because they followed their common sense. Because: there were only those who tested negative, vaccinated or recovered in the stadium. So the risk of infection is minimal!


A French group of four during the EM cracker on Tuesday

A French group of four during the EM cracker on TuesdayPhoto: Christian Charisius / dpa

Many fans sat next to each other in mini-groups of four, five, or six people. With friends, family members, often from one household and always with several seats away from the next group – with more distance than in pedestrian zones and according to corona rules such as those in the beer garden (max. Ten people from up to ten households).

Only: There is alcoholic beer in Munich beer gardens. Still not in the arena. The alcohol ban remains in place. The possible disinhibition of the fans is the main reason for the ban – not to be dismissed if you saw one or the other fan on Tuesday who was drunk well before the start of the game …

By the way: A group of around 300 French people with whips behind the gate did not behave sensibly. They stood too close together, cheered wildly – without masks. That can’t happen anymore! Neither with German nor Portuguese fans.

But where were the Corona scouts announced by the police on Tuesday?

In front of the arena, these groups of stewards harassed the smokers. Fans were not allowed to light a cigarette, although they took off their mask to smoke alone and ten meters away from the next. Absurd!

In the stands, these scouts should ensure that the fans adhere to the mask requirement. However, none of them could be seen in the blocks. That will certainly change today …

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