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The public returned to the professional football stadiums with the start of LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank on August 13. The new normal seemed like it would be the same for everyone, but things don’t seem to have changed.
In fact, the return to the stadiums has brought scenes that have outraged the ordinary fans, who have to adhere to strict rules that force you to stay outside without eating, drinking, or removing your mask, while the wealthiest fans, located in closed boxes, watch them with a cubalibre in hand.
While the fans in their stands were repressed, the children were not allowed to have a snack and if you wanted to drink water you had to pay € 2 for a small bottle, in the box they enjoyed without masks, freshly cut ham and fresh bottles. pic.twitter.com/l9kWSQgtHE
– Adrián (@ Adrian19O7) August 21, 2021
On paper, while a majority have to adhere to the Health regulations, many privileged, sponsored by the clubs, The same sanitary restrictions are not applied to them as to the rest of the public that attends the stadium.
It seems that some clubs have decided to follow the hospitality regime in the VIP boxes, skip the law and cushion your losses. In this sense, the measures stipulated for mass sporting events, including those of LaLiga Profesional de Fútbol and ACB league, are unequivocal: “The sale or consumption of food and beverages will not be allowed during the sporting event (with the exception of water consumption).
– Limited capacity.
– Distance between fans.
– You can only remove the mask to drink water.
– There is no COVID. pic.twitter.com/n4FFXFDxsS
– César Vargas (@_CesarVargas) August 17, 2021
“Nor will the consumption of tobacco and related products be allowed during the sporting event both indoors and outdoors.” However, in the VIP boxes of teams such as Real Betis Balompié, Atlético de Madrid or Cartagena, alcohol and sliced ham do have space in some high-ranking sectors.
“The boxes have independent entrances and the people who are there they should put on the mask when they do not eat or drink. As in any restaurant, we adhere to the hospitality regime “, reveals a Betis employee to ‘El Confidencial’.” In the interior areas, the prevention systems and the protocol are followed: no more than four people per table, distance security, independent access. It’s like you’re in a restaurant, “he confesses.
🏟Estadio Metropolitano, ⏰22: 00 hours and ❌forbidden to eat a 🥪snack & mldr;
That is you, you have to enter a raffle to see if you have to enter to enjoy the #Atleti
💰If you pay, you drink up to a Mahou. Which is great, but the hell #OTodosONinguno pic.twitter.com/Sq25Uym9NT
– Andrés Fernandez Spain🇪🇸 (@ andresespana99) August 29, 2021
“The authorities do nothing”
The Verdiblanca fans have been one of the most active in denouncing the behavior experienced in the boxes of the Benito Villamarin, where videos and images capturing excesses in the vip area have spread like wildfire on social networks: sliced ham, distribution of canapés, consumption of alcoholic beverages …
The Health Councils of the Junta de Andalucía and the Community of Madrid are blunt: “There are no exceptions to the document sent by the Interterritorial Council“, although the same images have been seen in the Wanda Metropolitano.
The curtains in the boxes so that it is not seen that some can eat and drink alcohol while others can not get up or take off the mask for a moment because after 2 seconds there is already a security one telling you that if you do not comply with the measures you will go away pic .twitter.com / 4POAborXyG
– Villa (@ villajb7) August 21, 2021
The general secretary of the Federation of Shareholders and Partners of Spanish Soccer (Fasfe), Emilio Abejón, regrets the parallel world that exists in the VIP boxes, something that already happened before the outbreak of the virus. “The same sanitary restrictions are not applied to the VIP boxes as to the rest of the public that attends the stadium. It is a kind of extralegal territory where those present roam at ease. That happened with covid and without covid, they have never respected the rules and alcohol was already being distributed before all this, “he says in statements to ‘El Confidencial’.
“They are very important people who enjoy exclusivity. Then photos are taken with the leaders and they do not care if there are some measures for the low fan and others for them. Judges, government authorities invited by companies or by the club itself … The Administration should make a sanction proposal. It cannot be that the rich have more privileges just for paying more and the fan swallows everything “, Abejón ditch. It seems that the controversy of the VIP boxes has only just begun, since the inequality between them is more than evident .