Barcelona’s Nou Camp to return to full capacity ahead of El Clasico clash with Real Madrid | Football News

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Barcelona will be able to get full capacity at the Nou Camp from Friday after the Catalan government lifted coronavirus restrictions that had limited numbers of fans.

Catalonia’s regional president, Pierre Aragones, said at a press conference on Tuesday that the outdoor sports stadiums would be able to be at 100 per cent capacity, a move welcomed by Barcelona.

“Barcelona thanks everyone for the efforts and commends the government’s decision to implement a procedure that will allow us to virtually return to normal life,” a club statement read on Twitter.

Barcelona have not been able to play in front of a large crowd since football was first shut down in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

A crowd of 99,354 spectators will be able to watch Ronald Koeman’s side host Valencia on Sunday, as the Clasico against rivals Real Madrid takes place at the Nou Camp on October 24.

Spain’s central government lifted restrictions on outdoor sports stadiums on October 1, but Catalonia chose not to raise the permitted capacity above 60 percent ahead of Tuesday’s announcement.

The move also means that city rivals Barcelona and La Liga teammate Espanyol, who beat Real Madrid 2-1 last time, will also be able to sell the 40,000 RCDE stadium.

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