Union Berlin to spend £1m on coronavirus test for all fans

A new way to get the fans back? Union Berlin planning to give all supporters a coronavirus test 24 hours before kick-off (at a cost of almost £1m a game) as they aim for a full stadium in September

  • Union Berlin are desperate to get fans back to their stadium as soon as possible
  • The club are plotting to ensure they have a full stadium for next season’s kick-off
  • The German capital side will test all 22,012 fans before the season’s first game

Union Berlin are keen to bring their rowdy fans back to match-day, making the stunning promise of a Covid-19 test for all 22,012 supporters next season. 

The Bundesliga season has been completed and Bayern Munich crowned champions with the final stretch of games all behind-closed-doors, with German football chiefs now plotting to bring fans back to stadiums. 

Union’s first game of 2020-21 comes on September 18, with the club ready to fork out £1million worth of £45 tests to return some normality to the game.   

Union Berlin want to get their supporters back to the stadium for the start of next season 

The club have been without their notorious support for the post-lockdown Bundesliga games

‘Implementing such a concept is an enormous organisational and economic challenge that we are happy to take on with all our might,’ said President Dirk Zingler.    

‘Our stadium experience does not work at a distance, and if we are not allowed to sing and scream, it is not Union.’

However, their plans are still subject to approval and with a ban on any major events with more than 5,000 attendees in the German capital until October 24, they could be forced to play more games without their notorious support. 

The club hope to provide Covid-19 tests for all 22,012 fans who can fit into their stadium 

The Bundesliga side finished a superb 11th in their first ever top-flight season, having finished third in the Bundesliga II last season and stunned Stuttgart in the relegation play-off. 

Union’s fan culture was a popular attraction of the Bundesliga season, with their deafening, passionate support helping them to a stellar debut season.  

They beat their city rivals Hertha 1-0 in the two Berlin clubs’ first league meeting earlier this season, before the behind-closed-doors return leg saw a 4-0 defeat for Union.  

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