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The UEFA Executive Committee has decided to allow international matches to be held in Ukraine with spectators allowed at stadiums.

That's according to the Ukrainian Association of Football President Andriy Pavelko.

For the past months, the national team have been playing their matches with empty stands amid the COVID-19 quarantine restrictions.

The easing moves that the fans will be able to attend the National Team's upcoming matches against Spain and Germany, scheduled to be played at the Olympiyskyi Arena in Kyiv this October.

Another reason to rejoice for Ukrainian football fans is a spectacular draw of this year's Champions League group stage that put Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk up against top European clubs.

Dynamo will play against Barcelona and Juventus, as well as Hungary's Ferencvaros, led by a former Dynamo striker Andriy Rebrov.

Read alsoChampions League draw: Shakhtar, Dynamo learn group stage opponentsShakhtar Donetsk will play against Real, Inter, and Borussia Moenchengladbach  football fans have region to attend the games of Ukrainian clubs in the Champions League and Europa League.

The stands are allowed to be filled up to 30% of the total stadium capacity.

Fans coming back to stands: Background

  • At the end of July, Ukraine for the first time since March within the Ukrainian Premier League hosted matches with spectators allowed.
  • On August 1, the Cabinet allowed fans to attend all football matches, but as early as August 20, the decision was revised due to the worsening trend of corona spread across country. As a result, fans could not attend matches of the Premier League's 1st round and the Ukrainian Super Cup.
  • Ukraine National Team on September 3 hosted Switzerland at the Arena Lviv, also with empty stands.
  • On September 11, the Ministry of Health allowed holding international matches in Ukraine with spectators allowed, with one condition.
  • On September 29, the UAF approved a new medical protocol for football matches with attendance.