More Than 5,000 Spectators Could Be Expected for PSG’s 2 Cup Finals

France is slowly working its way back to normalcy after it managed to gradually flatten the curve regarding coronavirus cases in its country.

Last month, the French government announced plans to loosen up the restrictions placed on large gatherings — including sporting events at stadiums — by limiting attendance to a max total of 5,000.

Paris Saint-Germain’s away friendly win against Le Havre was one of the country’s first notable events to hold up to 5,000 spectators. The fixture turned out to be a win not only for PSG with the result but also for the country as it continues to take gradual steps in the much-anticipated return to football there. Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu lauded the efforts in making the fixture a success (via RMC Sport).

“It is a pride and a victory for French football because we have respected all the planned stages of deconfinement,” Maracineanu said following PSG’s friendly against Le Havre.

However, there may be a real possibility that more spectators could be allowed into stadiums sooner rather than later. PSG has two cup finals scheduled later this month at the Stade de France, which is typically filled with supporters from both teams along with key figures from within the country. The current plan is for 5,000 spectators total to be allowed into the stadium for both fixtures, but Maracineanu is considering working on easing this limit.

“We’ll see if the sports facilities can benefit from a relative gauge, a percentage of people present in relation to the reception area,” Maracineanu said. “Today, the 5,000 gauge takes precedence, but there is a review clause on 18 July. Together with the ministers concerned, we are going to take this matter to the Defence Council.”

PSG will first meet AS Saint-Etienne on July 24, as Thomas Tuchel’s squad will look to bring home yet another Coupe de France trophy.

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