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Football: Spain-Portugal friendly to play out in front of fans

Football: Spain-Portugal friendly to play out in front of fans

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - February 8, 2021 General view inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID :Around 20,000 spectators will be allowed to attend Spain's friendly with Portugal in Madrid on June 4, authorities said on Tuesday (May 25), the first professional game to be held in the Spanish capital with a live audience for more than a year.

Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano, which can hold 67,000 people, will be at about 30per cent capacity for the game due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The fixture with European Championship holders Portugal is the first of two friendlies Spain will play in the run-up to the rescheduled Euro 2020. They will host Lithuania on June 8 at the Estadio Butarque, also in Madrid.

They will play all three of their Group E games at Seville's La Cartuja stadium, which will also be at 30 per cent capacity.

Seville gained hosting rights in April after Bilbao was removed from UEFA's list of host cities because it could not guarantee the accommodation of supporters for the tournament, which was postponed from last year due to the pandemic.

Spain coach Luis Enrique named his squad for the tournament on Monday, leaving out captain and all-time appearance maker Sergio Ramos.

Source: Reuters

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