Bundesliga: Fans to be barred from stadiums yet again after spike in COVID-19 infections across Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel and governors of the country’s 16 states passed new restrictions against the virus on Wednesday.

The Associated Press October 28, 2020 23:07:59 IST
Bundesliga: Fans to be barred from stadiums yet again after spike in COVID-19 infections across Germany

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The Bundesliga will have to play without fans again after the tentative return of spectators was cut short due to rising coronavirus infections in Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and governors of the country’s 16 states passed new restrictions against the virus on Wednesday.

Professional football matches will have to be played without spectators starting Monday and for the rest of November, while amateur sports have been suspended altogether.

The Bundesliga has been playing with limited or no fans present this season anyway, with teams following local restrictions based on infection rates. But Wednesday’s new measures are the first nationwide clampdown since the Bundesliga’s two-month suspension when the pandemic began in March.

Germany’s disease control agency earlier reported a record 14,964 new infections over the previous 24 hours, and another 27 COVID 19-related deaths, taking the overall death toll to 10,098.

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