Bayern Munich and a good part of the Bundesliga are preparing to return to games behind closed doors, due to the restrictions derived from the fourth wave of covid-19.
This would include the decisive match for Barcelona, from the last date of qualification in the Champions League that they will play on December 8 at 2:00 p.m. (in Guatemala) in Teutonic lands.
The Prime Minister of Bavaria, Markus Söder, advanced on Tuesday, November 30, the next adoption of this measure, which was followed by similar announcements from the authorities of the neighboring Land of Baden-Württemberg.
Last weekend, strong restrictions began to be imposed in some eastern regions of the country with a high incidence of infections.
The match between Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen was played without an audience, in accordance with the measures adopted in the “Land” of Saxony, the most affected in the country.
By contrast, Cologne played Borussia Mönchengladbach in front of 50,000 fans, which was criticized both by the federal government of the outgoing Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and from the ranks of the future coalition between Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals.
Merkel, the candidate to succeed her, Olaf Scholz, and the regional powers hold an emergency meeting this Tuesday, November 30, without waiting for the change in power – scheduled for next week – to unify criteria.
– FC Bayern Munich Español (@FCBayernES) November 29, 2021
Söder, head of the Bavarian Government, called for measures of national scope and advanced since both Bayern and the other clubs in their “Land” will play behind closed doors before the virulence of the fourth wave of covid in Germany.
The Bavarian Prime Minister defended the measure, noting that the high mobility involved in the arrival and departure of fans from the stadiums is not justifiable.
“Soccer has an important role as an example. Right now we have to reduce contacts everywhere, ”wrote Söder on his Twitter account.
– BUNDESLIGA (@Bundesliga_DE) November 30, 2021
The measure will be in force at least until the end of the year, a period in which Bayern Munich have two Bundesliga games to play at home and the Champions League second leg against Barcelona.
Other Bavarian clubs like FC Augsburg and SpVgg Greuther Fürth will also have to give up playing in front of their fans.
Bavaria has already put drastic restrictions on his public life. This Tuesday, for the fourth consecutive day, there was a decrease in the weekly incidence, which stood at 618.2 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants.
Video switching with the Federal Chancellor and the federal states for uniform action: We need long-term security. This includes: football games without spectators, extension of the legal basis for hotspots, vaccinations also in pharmacies and compulsory vaccination. pic.twitter.com/agmRQXEU8L
– Markus Söder (@Markus_Soeder) November 30, 2021
At the level of the whole of Germany, the incidence fell very slightly also today, after a month of continuous peaks, with 452.2 new infections compared to 452.4 on Monday, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for virology.
In Saxony, Thuringia and Brandenburg, the eastern states of the country most affected, the incidence is 1,268, 936 and 727 cases per seven days and 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.