Red Devils The practice match of the Red Devils next Thursday (October 8) in the Brussels King Baudouin Stadium against Ivory Coast must be played behind closed doors.
The Belgian federation and the city of Brussels had nevertheless worked together on a strict security protocol in order to receive 11,000 spectators. However, according to UEFA, it is still too early to apply that protocol. “It is of course a pity that we are not yet allowed to receive spectators for the next home game ”, says Peter Bossaert, CEO of the Belgian federation. “But this is a European decision that applies to everyone and that we somehow understand given the rising corona figures and the fact that in some countries, such as the Netherlands, stadiums are again being closed to spectators. Hopefully we will be able to receive an audience again in November when we play at home three times. We are ready for it. ”
Afterwards, the Nations League matches against England (October 11 in London) and Iceland (October 14 in Reykjavik) will also be played without fans in the stadiums, with a strict Covid-19 protocol for players and staff. Because of these measures, New Zealand had to cancel the exhibition match and the country was in extremis replaced by Ivory Coast, a much more fearful opponent.
The European Football Confederation UEFA had hoped to allow spectators again in the autumn and used the European Supercup in Budapest as a test case, but with the rising corona figures in almost all of Europe and cities that color dark red on the corona map, this does not seem like it yet. for right away.
The Belgian federation does hope for November, for the last international period of the year. Then Switzerland (11 November), England (15 November) and Denmark (18 November) descend successively to Belgium. It is a friendly match against Switzerland, with the home games against England and Denmark the group stage of the Nations League is closed.
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