Bayern Munich has to play its home games without fans for the time being.

The prime minister of the state of Bavaria announced on Tuesday that football matches in his area must be played behind closed doors due to the rising number of corona infections.

The stadiums in the rest of Germany may also remain empty.

"Football matches must be played without an audience again," Prime Minister Markus Söder said on Twitter.

"Bavaria will do that. The many movements on arrival and departure are currently irresponsible. Football has an exemplary function. We now have to reduce the number of contacts everywhere."

Due to the decision, there will be no spectators in the Bayern stadium next Wednesday for the Champions League match against FC Barcelona.

The home matches with FSV Mainz (December 11) and VfL Wolfsburg (December 17) in the Bundesliga will probably also be played in an empty Allianz Arena.

In Germany, the number of positive corona tests has risen sharply in recent weeks.

Last Wednesday, the Robert Koch-Institut, the German equivalent of the RIVM, reported a record number of infections (almost 75,000).

In Bavaria, a relatively large number of people have tested positive.

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Possibly also spectator ban throughout Germany

Söder therefore calls on the federal government to close the football stadiums to the public again.

"It makes no sense to allow spectators again in the near future," he told German radio station

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The presidents of the federal states will meet on Tuesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor Olaf Scholz about the current corona measures.

At most Bundesliga matches, the public was still welcome, although not all stadiums were allowed to be completely filled.

Spectators must also be vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19.

The state of Baden-Württemberg, which is home to Bundesliga clubs VfB Stuttgart, Hoffenheim and SC Freiburg, has also announced that the so-called 'ghost matches' will return to the region.

RB Leipzig, whose home base is Saxony, which has been hit hard by the pandemic, already played without fans against Bayer Leverkusen last Friday.

After the Netherlands and Austria, Germany may become the third European country where no fans are welcome.

Since 14 November, football matches have been played without an audience in the Eredivisie.

The Dutch clubs are compensated for the lost income.

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