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The match between Bayern and Barcelona Champions League will be held without fans

Bayern Munich v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg
FILE PHOTO: Football – Bayern Munich vs FC Barcelona – UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Second Leg – Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany – 5/12/15 Bayern Munich fans before the match Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach

December 3, 2021

(Reuters) – The LaLiga club said next week’s Champions League group stage match against Bayern Munich will be played without fans due to the COVID-19 situation prevalent in the German state of Bavaria, the LaLiga club. said on Friday.

Barca, second in Group E behind Bayern, will face the German side on December 8 at the Allianz Arena.

The Spanish club said: “Bayern Munich vs FC Barcelona will take place behind closed doors.

“The match corresponding to matchday Friday in the Champions League will be played without fans in attendance due to the dramatic increase in coronavirus cases in the Bavarian region of Germany over the past few weeks.”

Manchester City’s match at RB Leipzig on December 7 will also be played with closed doors after the German state of Saxony went into partial lockdown last month.

The German government on Thursday introduced restrictions on sporting events amid a growing number of COVID-19 cases and ruled that Bundesliga matches can only have a maximum of 50% of spectators. audience and up to 15,000 spectators.

German authorities fear a fourth wave of COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm intensive care units. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the country recorded 74,352 new infections and 390 deaths on Friday.

Two cases of the new Omicron variant were also detected in the southern German state of Bavaria last week.

Bayern said in a statement that its Bundesliga matches at home against Mainz 05 (December 11) and VfL Wolfsburg (December 17) will also be played after the closure.

Bayern board member Jan Dreesen said: “It is difficult to play again in front of empty stands at the Allianz Arena.

“Without fans, football is only half as beautiful, let alone the financial consequences. But we have to accept the decision.”

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Rohith Nair and Christian Radnedge)

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