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RPL president announced his intention to work on increasing match attendance

Global view Press | Edgar Breshchanov

The management of the Russian Premier League (RPL) will try to increase the attendance of matches in the national stadiums. This was stated by RPL Chairman Alexander Alaev in a conversation with journalists.

The Russian Premier League chief spoke about the number of fans during the match on the 18th round of the World-RPL. Moscow “Spartak” met “Ural” at the stadium “Otkritie Bank Arena”. The match ended with the score 2:2.

According to Alaev, the match attendance was not at all what it should be for Spartak. The stadium can accommodate more than 45,000 spectators. At the same time, according to the RPL president, only just over 4,000 fans came to watch the match live.

Alaev called it a sad picture. He noted that this is not at all the number of viewers they would like to see in the RPL.

“Our common goal is for the fans to come back to the stadium, which means we have to do better, to convince them”, quotes Alaev RT.

The RPL president added that football exists first and foremost for fans. In the Russian Premier League, they are not going to sprinkle ashes on their heads, but they will ensure that the stadium attendance picture changes in the near future, Alaev noted.

The game between Spartak and the Urals became the first game in Moscow with a fan card. The RPL president urged not to draw conclusions from the first meeting and stressed that any system needs time to adapt.

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