Yuran called the introduction of Fan ID the reason for the anti-record attendance of the first round of the Russian Championship
The head coach of the Khimki football club noted that due to the lack of fans in the stands, it becomes much more difficult for football players to play
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The introduction of the fan ID (Fan ID) led to a record low attendance of the first round of the Russian Premier League. This was announced to RBC Sport by the former Spartak footballer and Khimki head coach Sergey Yuran.
“It is sad to see such numbers as they are now. That attendance has fallen compared to what it was a few years ago. Of course, I think it’s because of the Fan ID, because the fan corps doesn’t go around. It’s just sad here, that’s all that the fan sector of clubs and leaders cannot find mutual understanding, therefore, unfortunately, this is not a plus for football, but a minus, ”said Yuran.
“Football is, first of all, for the fan, the occupancy so that there are stadiums. It is more difficult even for footballers to play if there is no fan corps. The fan sector drives players away, I know from myself how a football player used to be, ”he added.
Football without spectators. How Fan ID crashed match attendance
The first round of the new season of the Russian Premier League was attended by 64,393 fans, which is almost three times less than the starting round of the competition in the 2019/20 season. This is the worst attendance result of the first rounds after the transition to the “autumn-spring” system.
In the 2019/20 season, in the first round, more than 46 thousand spectators came to the Zenit-Tambov match, almost 30 thousand to the Spartak-Sochi game, more than 27 thousand to the Akhmat-Krasnodar game and more 25 thousand – for the meeting “Wings of the Soviets” – CSKA. The total attendance for the first round was 183,617 spectators.
This season was the first since the entry into force of the law on Fan ID. In the first half of the season, fan cards will be required to attend matches at five arenas: Yekaterinburg Arena, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov Arena, Solidarity Samara Arena and Fisht, where Ural, Pari Nizhny Novgorod play ”, “Rostov”, “Wings of the Soviets” and “Sochi”, respectively.