The new rise in covid cases in the German state Bavaria has forced the hosting authorities to fix the upcoming UCL fixture between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich behind closed doors at Allianz Arena next Thursday. State officials ordered to ban crowd from attending the sports matches/events claiming as a part of lockdown across the zone.
The game as part of matchday six of this season’s Champions League campaign is set to be played without any crowd due to a concerning increase in covid cases in the region from the past few weeks.
German authorities think the fourth wave of COVID-19 could break which needs overwhelming intensive care units after recording 73,000 new infections and 388 deaths on Thursday. However, the government decided to reintroduce the restrictions on crowd gatherings with Bundesliga matches allowed with 50% attendance or up to a maximum of 15000 spectators. The German club however is pretty much conscious and has taken strict steps regarding the pandemic, suspending and docking the wages of unvaccinated players.
ℹ️ OFFICIAL: #BayernBarça to be played behind closed doors
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 3, 2021
Meanwhile, Barca will be eyeing the place in the last 16 of the competition as they could be in threat of dropping into the Europa League, should results go against them in Group E.
Bayern Munich won the away leg of the fixture at the Camp Nou by 3-0 and will be keen to sweep away the result in their favour at home.