Hannover 96: court overturns fan ban in Lower Saxony before Darmstadt game

Also at Hannover 96 you have to say: Thank you, Eintracht Braunschweig!

On Monday, the third division clubs Braunschweig, Osnabrück and Meppen submitted an “urgent standard control application” to the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) in Lüneburg against the fan ban in Lower Saxony (only 500 spectators). And the 14th Senate of the Higher Administrative Court actually “temporarily suspended” the restrictions.

Court overturns fan ban.

The limit is “inappropriate”, according to the OVG press release: “The determination of an absolute upper limit of 500 people is at least for very large open-air venues, such as football stadiums or open-air stages, with a wide range of possibilities for the participants Arranging distance and hygiene regulations, including the obligation to wear masks, is no longer appropriate.”

The “suspension of the absolute upper limit for open-air events” does not only apply to the three applicants, but is “generally binding throughout Lower Saxony”. The decision also applies to Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg (against Hoffenheim on February 19) and Hannover 96, who did not take part in the lawsuit.

For 96, this is particularly good news. So far, the Reds have assumed that Sunday (1.30 p.m.) against Darmstadt only 500 VIPs will come to the arena. Now they can probably let in 10,000 spectators – but there are still a few things to be clarified between the state of Lower Saxony, the Hanover region and 96.

In the run-up, 96 had emphasized that you had to be prepared. Now the second division team has to – or rather may – start a flash sale.

“We are currently checking, but have taken precautions,” said the 96 office late in the morning.


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