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Socios.com To Launch COVID-19 Immunity Passes For Football Fans

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Fan engagement platform Socios.com plans to launch blockchain-powered COVID-19 immunity passes for global football fans to enable them to attend live games at stadiums in the aftermath of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Socios Pass, an ID and immunity verification tool, will allow fans holding "Proof of Immunity" to return to the stadium and watch live games more safely and securely.

According to many leading health experts, immunity certificates or 'passports' issued by health authorities will be needed in order to allow individuals to fully return to 'normal life' for attendance at large scale public gatherings, such as football matches after the COVID-19 outbreak subsides.

When sporting action returns, the expectation is that it will initially be held behind closed doors and clubs will receive an initial boost from TV revenues only. However, sport will continue to bear the heavy financial consequences of lost revenues from ticket sales and sponsorship.

Socios Pass will use blockchain technology and QR codes.

Socios.com struck deals to be the 'Official Cryptocurrency Partner' with eight of the leading global football clubs over the past two years. They are Spain's Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona as well as European league clubs, France's Paris Saint-Germain, Italy's Juventus and AS Roma as well as UK's West Ham United, Turkey's Galatasaray Spor Kulübü and Argentina's Club Atlético Independiente.

Socios.com is working with partner football clubs to find more fan engagement solutions in the absence of live matches amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The Socios Pass is among the first solutions to be developed to aid the recovery from the financial impact caused by COVID-19.

The Pass is created after a fan presents a digital immunity certificate from their local health authority and identity proof. It is then verified by Socios.com KYC specialists and a secure one-time use QR code is issued through the fans' free Socios.com account on the app. The QR code serves as their ID & health status verification that is scanned at the stadiums.

The Socios Pass technology will be provided free of charge to the fans of all partner clubs.

The fan health data or information relating to immunity status will be retrieved and read by an independent blockchain only when users open their Socios Pass to be scanned, providing the needed privacy and security to the data.

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