The announcement came two days before the UAE national team’s qualifying match against Iran at Zabeel Stadium in Dubai. (Photo provided)
Dubai – Previously the stadium capacity for football matches in the UAE was capped at 60%
Spectators at football matches will be allowed at 80% of the stadium’s capacity, the UAE Football Association tweeted on Tuesday.
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Only fully vaccinated fans will be allowed to attend matches.
Previously, the stadium capacity for football matches in the UAE was capped at 60%.
The announcement of the increased capacity came as the UAE national team prepared for its Thursday World Cup qualifier against Iran at Zabeel Stadium in Dubai.
After facing Iran on Thursday, the United Arab Emirates will face Iraq in their next match at the same stadium in Dubai on October 12.
Twelve teams were split into two groups of six in the third round of the AFC World Cup qualifiers. The UAE are currently third in Group A behind Iran and South Korea with two points after two matches.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the World Cup next year.
The two third-ranked teams in each group will be stuck in a knockout battle in the fourth round. The winner will advance to the inter-confederation qualifiers for a place in the World Cup.