Football: Up to 250 fans allowed to attend Singapore Premier League games from this weekend

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SINGAPORE: As of this weekend, up to 250 fans will be allowed into stadiums to watch Singapore Premier League games, the Singapore Soccer Federation (FAS) said on Wednesday (April 7th).

“Following discussions with the relevant regulatory agencies, a maximum of 250 supporters will be admitted to match venues from April 10,” FAS said.

The move will begin with the league’s sixth game week, which will take place this Saturday and Sunday.

To be admitted to any match venue, fans will need to produce proof of a negative test result – either a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a rapid antigen test (ART) or the certification of having received the two full doses of COVID. -19 vaccine, FAS said.

“The PCR test must be performed within the last 14 days from the date of the match, while the TAR must be performed within 24 hours before the end of the event,” added FAS. “People who have been vaccinated will only be admitted if the match date falls at least 14 days after their second dose.”

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Eligible fans who produce the required proof can then obtain a wrist tag at a dedicated booth at each match venue, which will begin operations two hours before kick-off.

The wrist tag will be unique to the match for which it admits entry and will allow the fan access to the site 60 minutes before kick-off.

The “conditional” re-entry of 250 people per match venue will be in place for match days until April 23, FAS added.

Subsequently, from April 24, up to 250 fans will be allowed to enter match sites without the need for testing, FAS said. This follows new guidelines announced by the COVID-19 multi-ministerial task force on March 24.

FREE MATCH REGISTRATION UNTIL APRIL 23

“We have seen our SPL fans passionately support their clubs from various locations outside the match venues since the new season started on March 13 and we think it is only fitting that we are working to welcome them. again for matches before April 24, ”said FAS General Secretary Yazeen Buhari.

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“I speak on behalf of the clubs and SPL players that the presence of the fans will be a welcome boost to the match day experience. As we understand that some of them may choose to take the PCR or ART test in order to be admitted, we have waived the cost of match tickets during this time.

“Of course, it is imperative that fans adhere strictly to all measures necessary to ensure their safety and the safety of others in attendance.”

The SPL’s current season started behind closed doors last month, with just eight teams competing.

Brunei DPMM, who were league champions two seasons ago, had withdrawn from this year’s edition of the league due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The previous season, which was put on hold in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restarted in mid-October, also saw the DPMM take time off due to similar issues.

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The national season will run until October, with more than 90 games scheduled. This includes the 2021 Singapore Cup, which is set to kick off in September.

READ: Football: Singapore’s Premier League season to start behind closed doors on March 13, Brunei DPMM to be absent

Albirex was crowned SPL champion just four months ago, making it the sixth consecutive season that a foreign team has won the league.

The SPL is in its third season since being renamed from the S League.

Defending champion Albirex currently sits atop the table with ten points out of a possible 12, with Hougang United one point behind in second.

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