European Champions, Bayern Munich will kick off the new Bundesliga season behind closed doors because of a rising coronavirus infection rate in the Bavarian capital.
The decision puts an end to the European champions’ plans to allow 7,500 fans into the Allianz Arena to watch Friday’s opening game at home to Schalke.
“It would be the wrong signal to let spectators into sports stadiums against the background of the current figures,” said Munich mayor Dieter Reiter.
Germany’s politicians have given Bundesliga clubs the green light to allow the partial return of fans into stadiums, providing the rate of infection in each region remains below 35 per 100,000 inhabitants.
However, the figure for Munich was revised to 47.6 per 100,000 on Thursday.
While the defending champions must kick-off their quest for a ninth Bundesliga title in a row without fans, set numbers of spectators are expected to attend other Bundesliga matches on the opening weekend of the league season.