Italian authorities have made it possible for fans to return to the stadiums, and Milan are evaluating the option of having people already on Monday, even though no tickets will be on sale.
Fans have been barred from stadiums in Italy since March, as the Coronavirus reigned supreme in the peninsula. However, today it became official that 1000 fans will be allowed in stadiums.
Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed the decision through his Facebook page on Saturday evening:
“Yesterday the Comitato Tecnico Scientifico, at my strong insistence and after having evaluated in recent days the protocol of Lega Serie A not yet applicable, has finally opened a window, allowing ‘single’ sporting events to have up to 1000 spectators.
“It still expressed a firm ‘no’ to the presence of thousands of fans at ‘continuous events’, such as league campaigns, but accepted the request of the Department of Sport to open a common path in view of the next DPCM, which will come into force from October 7, also in light of the analysis of the data following the opening of schools. In the meanwhile, the Presidents of Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia and Veneto have autonomously decided to open the Serie A matches to be held in their territory to 1000 spectators.
“For this reason, this afternoon, in agreement with Minister Francesco Boccia, whom I thank for the valuable work of coordination, a meeting with the Presidents of the Region has been convened. To avoid disparities between the teams and as an experiment in view of the further openings, I asked that this decision be extended to the entire national territory. I thank Minister Roberto Speranza and the regions for sharing this view. In view of the resumption of the other leagues, we will evaluate a fair solution also for Serie B and Lega Pro.
“My goal, however, is to allow the participation of the public for all sports and for all categories, arriving at a single protocol that provides for a percentage of spectators based on the actual capacity of the facilities: we made a commitment during the meeting to get down to work on this right away. We need to maintain caution, rigor and attention in order to reopen well, gradually and not be forced to close again: the epidemiological picture at the European level is not encouraging, we must be careful and avoid rushing forward.”
Following the announcement, Italian news agency ANSA reports that Milan are thinking of having fans inside the stadium already on Monday evening when they take on Bologna. No tickets will be on sale, but the Diavolo are exploring the possibility of having a 1000 fans that represent the ‘Milan family’, having received the necessary authorizations from all the relevant authorities.
It remains to be seen what that actually means in reality, as ANSA writes that ‘the fans who will eventually be able to access the stadium will be representatives from all over the Rossoneri world in full compliance with safety regulations‘ and that ‘the goal is to rekindle the physical warmth of the fans around the team after months of distance and silence and to give the possibility to a certain number of fans to follow their team in a way that is attentive to all public health needs’.
Today Inter had a friendly at San Siro against Pisa and 1000 fans were allowed in the stadium.