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LaLiga will start with 40 per cent capacity Image: MJR Group Ltd./Coliseum

Spain’s Minister for Health Carolina Darias has confirmed that crowds will be allowed into sporting events in the country in the month of August.

‘sport.es’ quoted Darias as stating that open air stadiums can have up to 40 percent of their capacity and closed arenas can accommodate up to 30 percent of their capacity.

The rules will come into effect from August 13th, coinciding with the start of LaLiga that weekend, and will run until August 29th, when the entire scenario will be revisited.

LaLiga is the men’s top professional football division of the Spanish football league system. The LaLiga 2021-2022 seasons will start on August 13th, 2021 and will end on May 22nd, 2022.

‘sport.es’ further stated that supporters must still abide by social distancing rules, maintaining 1.5m distance between themselves and other fans in and around the facility as the world is still not out from the fatal grip of COVID-19 with the Delta variant causing havoc all over the globe.

However, the final decision ball is in the court of the regional Governments of Spain. Recently, the Catalan Government went back on its decision to allow 20,000 fans in Camp Nou for the Joan Gamper Trophy which was held on August 8th.

The Joan Gamper Trophy or Joan Gamper Cup is an annual friendly football match held in August, before the start of FC Barcelona’s LaLiga season. The competition is hosted by FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou Stadium and is named in honor of Joan Gamper, a founding member, player and later President of the club.

Futbol Club Barcelona, commonly referred to as Barcelona and colloquially known as Barça, is a Spanish professional football club based in Barcelona, Spain, that competes in LaLiga, the top flight of Spanish football.

Camp Nou is a football stadium in Barcelona, Spain. It opened in 1957 and has been the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion. With a seating capacity of 99,354, it is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe, and the fourth largest association football stadium in the world in capacity.

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