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RB Leipzig D. Szoboszlai (38), E. Forsberg (46), D. Szoboszlai (52), A. Silva (Pen. 65)
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Leipzig receive approval for 23,500 fans in first home match

By Peter Vice

Health Department officials in the Saxon metropolis of Leipzig have given the green light to the city's Bundesliga club for 23,500 live spectators on matchday two.

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The Red Bull Arena may be utilized to half capacity for both the first and second home games of RB Leipzig. This was confirmed late Monday by the city's health department. Little more information about the large fan allowance is available at this time, other than the fact that entry will be governed by Germany's so-called "3G concept":

"Geimpft" (vaccinated), "Genesen" (recovered), "Getestet" (tested).

City officials did confirm that a mask requirement will be in effect for all supporters attending the match. Mask removal shall only be permitted when patrons are in their assigned seat.

Many Bundesliga clubs currently reserve significantly more seats for fans who can prove evidence of either vaccination or recovery. It is not yet known whether this will apply to Leipzig's concept.

With respect to the nationwide debate over the RKI Stabilizer (an automatic shutdown mechanism that limits public events if local incident rates exceed  a 7-day-average of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants), both city and club announced that they planned to buck the trend of other Bundesliga clubs and adhere to it.

The whole issue of the RKI stabilizer may actually end up being a moot point. In some areas of the Bundesrepublik, incidence are rising only very slowly. According to the latest data from Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung, only 18 districts are above the 35 threshold. Many districts are dropping into single digits.

In Leipzig, the current rate is 12.1 per 100,000 inhabitants.

RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi
16Lukas Klostermann
4Willi Orban ↩76
2Mohamed Simakan
32Joško Gvardiol
14Tyler Adams
8Amadou Haidara ↩68
17Dominik Szoboszlai ↩69
10Emil Forsberg (C)
18Christopher Nkunku ↩82
33André Silva ↩69
31Josep Martínez
9Yussuf Poulsen ↪82
11Hwang Hee-Chan ↪69
21Brian Brobbey
22Nordi Mukiele ↪76
7Marcel Sabitzer ↪68
27Konrad Laimer ↪69
44Kevin Kampl
1Florian Müller
5Konstantinos Mavropanos ↩84
2Waldemar Anton
4Marc-Oliver Kempf
30Roberto Massimo
21Phillipp Klement ↩73
3Wataru Endo (C)
24Borna Sosa
20Philipp Förster ↩81
31Mateo Klimowicz ↩73
18Hamadi Al Ghaddioui ↩46
33Fabian Bredlow
9Sasa Kalajdzic ↪73
15Pascal Stenzel ↪84
37Hiroki Ito
6Clinton Mola
8Enzo Millot ↪73
10Daniel Didavi ↪46
11Erik Thommy ↪81

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