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Bayern vs Barcelona to be played behind closed doors after increase in Covid-19 cases

State officials have agreed to ban fans from attending matches as part of a region-wide lockdown, with Christmas markets canceled and restrictions placed on indoor mixing.

Bayern are therefore set to end the year behind closed doors, including Wednesday’s visit to Barcelona. Local media reports suggest that a temporary suspension from football matches has not been ruled out.

New German Chancellor Olaf Schultz called recent national measures “containment of the unvaccinated”. Vaccinations could become mandatory nationwide by early next year.

Bayern have also taken a public stand against unvaccinated players in recent weeks, suspending and securing the salaries of Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Mickael Cuisance, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Joshua Kimmich.

Next week’s draw is a draw for Munich, who have already qualified atop Group E. They will also face Mainz and Wolfsburg at home in the Bundesliga in December.

Barcelona need a win to secure their place in the round of 16 and a draw will see them overtake by Benfica, if the Portuguese side can beat Dynamo Kiev on the same evening.


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