MUNICH (AP) – No supporters will be allowed in the stadium when Bayern Munich host Barcelona in the Champions League next week due to tougher coronavirus measures, the governor of the German state of Bavaria said on Friday.
Markus Söder has confirmed that Bavaria will exclude fans from sporting events from Saturday. German federal and state leaders agreed on a maximum participation limit of 15,000 on Thursday, but states are allowed to set stricter rules if they choose.
Bayern host Barcelona on Wednesday. Bayern have already qualified for the round of 16 but Barcelona will be out if they don’t win and Benfica beat Dynamo Kiev.
The first first division men’s football game to be affected by the new rules in Bavaria is Augsburg’s Bundesliga match against Bochum on Saturday.
Bavaria has recorded some of the highest coronavirus infection rates in Germany in recent weeks. The eastern state of Saxony already imposed empty stadiums for matches last month, meaning Leipzig won’t have fans when it hosts Manchester City on Tuesday.
The southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg has set a limit of 750 spectators, affecting Premier League clubs Freiburg and Stuttgart.
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