Seven Thousand Czechs Are Heading To Budapest For The Football Match

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Czech Republic v Albania - Generali Arena, Prague, Czech Republic - June 8, 2021 Czech Republic's Ondrej Celustka celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/David W Cerny

Nearly seven thousand fans will support the Czech national football team against the Netherlands in the stadium on Sunday’s European Championship semi-final. They have been leaving for Budapest since Saturday morning. The auditorium of the Puskás Arena, which has a capacity of 60,000 seats, will be full. However, the doctors are less excited. “I wouldn’t go there even if they paid me,” Milan Kubek, president of the Czech Medical Chamber, told CNN Prima NEWS.

The number of Czech supporters in the stands was announced by soccer team spokesman Petr Šedivý on Saturday. “We received information from UEFA representatives that there should be no less than seven thousand Czech fans at the match,” he said. Ticket sales are managed by UEFA as the tournament organiser.

Health Minister Adam Vojtěch (ANO) also urged caution. “As health minister, I would recommend that people rather watch the match on TV, because these mass events currently pose a risk. I would be very cautious,” Vojtěch said, adding that fans should ideally be tested upon their return. However, Hungary is in the green category of countries according to the infection rate, so it is not necessary to take the test on return. Nor is there any need to go into quarantine.