The country achieved first place in Europe by admitting spectators to the stand at first sight, but the size of the crowd has been dramatically reduced and social distance measures have been put in place.
According to the rules imposed by the Hungarian National Football Federation (MLSZ), fans had to be scattered so that no more than one of the four seats was occupied and every second row was completely empty.
MLSZ said in a statement, “Clubs conducting matches must ensure that social distance is maintained at the stands to ensure epidemiological control conditions.”
The first match with fans was held on Friday, hosted by the lower-ranked Kaposavar against fellow ZTE, MLSZ posted a social media post that typically takes new action in the presence of 7,000 spectators at a stadium.
Home fans who were present hoped they weren’t worried, Kaposvar lost 0-0 and remained steady at the bottom of the standings.
In action on Saturday, third-seeded Mejokovsad toured the DVT, losing 1-0, in a very low attendance match although the pockets of the fans were seen to create more atmosphere and cheer for their team.
A bigger test of whether fans will comply with the new restrictions will come on Sunday at league leader Ferrero-Waldner’s Puskas FC, a classic that has arrived in Plecus FC, the hometown of football-backed Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Urban.
Thirty-time Hungarian champion Feren Cvaros regularly draws large crowds to his league matches where the average is only 3,000 per game.
Drive-in football fans
Meanwhile, Czech Republic fans where the league has started again behind closed doors have been seen as a fancy way to show their team support and come together to watch live matches.
While Sparta Prague entertained second-place Victoria Plzen on Wednesday, fans were able to watch the game on the big screen from the inside of their cars at the Plzen and Prague’s drive-in cinema theaters.
The test proved to be a success, but vocal supporters abandoned their cars in the opening moments.