Bayern Munich to play behind closed doors amid Covid cases surge

Berlin, Nov 30 (EFE).- Bayern Munich will play their upcoming matches behind closed doors, Bavaria’s state premier Markus Soder announced Tuesday, as Germany battles to contain a surge in coronavirus infections.

Soder demanded soccer games be played without fans throughout Germany, a measure he says he will discuss in a meeting with state premiers of the federal states.

“It is important to agree unitarily to not allow spectators in. If that does not work at the federal level, we would do it for Bavaria alone,” Soder told Bayerischer Rundfunk channel.

As Germany grapples with a fourth coronavirus wave, the premier wrote on Twitter that the “high mobility on arrival and departure (at stadiums) is currently irresponsible.

“Soccer functions as a great role model. We now have to reduce contacts everywhere.”

The measure will remain in effect at least until the end of the year, a period in which Bayern Munich will play two Bundesliga games at home and the Champions League against Barcelona.

Other Bavarian clubs like FC Augsburg and SpVgg Greuther Furth will also enforce soccer matches behind closed doors.

Bavaria’s seven-day incidence rate fell for the fourth day in a row on Tuesday, with a rate of 618.2 new cases per 100,000 people.

The incidence rate across Germany also decreased Tuesday for the first time in a month from 452.4 on Monday to 452.2, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).EFE


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