Vietnam World Cup qualifiers to allow spectators

By Lam Thoa   June 1, 2021 | 06:08 pm PT
Vietnam World Cup qualifiers to allow spectators
Vietnam's national football team train for the World Cup qualifiers in Dubai, UAE, May 28, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.
Spectators will be allowed at the football World Cup Asian group G qualifiers this month in which Vietnam will play three matches.

The decision was made by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Tuesday.

It said all fans must be over 16, bring their Covid-19 vaccination certificate and should have tested negative for the virus not earlier than 48 hours before the game.

"The AFC outlined its desire to ensure the safe and successful resumption of the Asian Qualifiers, and we are determined to deliver on our plans, keeping in mind the highest health protocols," its general secretary, Dato' Windsor John, said.

To maintain a safe distance between spectators, stadiums will only be 30 percent full, with tickets distributed evenly to the two teams' fans in each game except those involving hosts UAE, whose fans will get 90 percent of the tickets.

Spectators are required to wear masks when entering the stadium and not have a fever. They have been told not to leave their seats unless necessary.

Vietnam, who top the group with 11 points, will play Indonesia on June 7, Malaysia on the 11th and the UAE on the 15th. Two wins will secure them a place in the final World Cup qualification round.

All the games will kick off at 8:45 p.m. (11:45 p.m. Hanoi time).

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