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Spain-Sweden: Spanish authorities back down in the face of controversy over Covid tests

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Faced with the controversy caused by the requirement to perform a covid test (a condition not imposed by UEFA), the Spanish authorities have agreed to relax the requirement to enter the Cartuja stadium in Seville and watch Spain-Sweden.

Spain launches its Euro this Monday evening (21h) against Sweden at the Cartuja Stadium in Seville. This will be done in a more peaceful climate, while the discontent of the fans has been growing in recent days. The controversy has been growing because of the obligation for all fans to perform a Covid test before entering the stadium. This was not an obligation imposed by UEFA but an instruction from the local authorities.

Some fans, Spanish, Swedish or others, had not been warned before buying their tickets. In Spain, the price of the antigenic tests is around 50 euros, while the price of the PCR tests is at least double that (between 100 and 120 euros). In addition to their electronic ticket and passport, fans were required to present a Covid test that was less than 48 hours old, before receiving a special bracelet to indicate the good health of each fan.

The test is now “recommended” but not mandatory

This measure caused an outcry among the public. The tickets for a Euro match being relatively high, the access to the stadium became at this price inaccessible or almost for some fans, especially those who make a long trip. Faced with the controversy, the local government (Junta de Andaluc√≠a) decided to back down. The test is now “recommended”, but is not mandatory. A relief for the wallet of the 16.000 fans expected this Monday evening at the Olympic Stadium of Seville.

 

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