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The Daily Bee (September 17, 2020): Fans in the Stands

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No more fake crowd noise!

MSV Duisburg v Borussia Dortmund - DFB Cup: First Round Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Good morning, Fear The Wall!

Fans in the Westfalenstadion

Yep, you read that correctly: Up to 10,000 fans will be able to attend Saturday’s season-opening fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach.

According to Goal, Dortmund and the other Bundesliga clubs have been given the thumbs-up from the German government to have a limited number of fans in their stadiums. Up to 20% capacity, specifically, and no away fans are permitted inside the stadium. No alcohol will be made available for fans inside the stadium, which is understandable. If the infection rate of the home city is too high over a seven-day period, the match will go behind closed doors.

That means probably no Yellow Wall at any of our home games this year, as the Südtribüne is usually packed tight together. Although I’m sure the 10,000 fans attending the match Saturday will make enough noise to give Dortmund that home-field advantage.

Of the countries with high-level football, it seems that Germany has done the best in controlling the COVID pandemic, thus they are allowed to have a very limited number of fans inside the stadiums. This is has the potential to be the model for other countries to follow if things go well enough overall, or it could lead to disaster and the temporary suspension of the league if it all goes horribly wrong.

Dortmund Set to Sign Another English Wonderkid

BVB are close to making another signing of a talented English youngster, as Jamie Bynoe-Gittens is set to sign for Dortmund from Manchester City. The 16 year-old will move straight to the BVB Academy and play for the U-19 team.

Dortmund had to fend off PSG and Real Madrid for the young player, but the young Englishman is all theirs. You might remember another young English player that BVB signed away from Manchester City, I wonder how he’s been doing lately.

Welcome to the club, JBG™!

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