Bayern Munich confirmed on Tuesday that next week’s Champions League game against Chelsea would go ahead without fans over fears of the spread of the coronavirus.
The German club’s decision follows a ban by the regional Bavarian government on any gathering of more than 1,000 people until April 19.
Bayern hold a 3-0 lead over Chelsea going into the last-16 second-leg tie on March 18.
“FC Bayern is … implementing the decree of the Bavarian state government, which was issued to protect the population. The aim is to minimise the risk of coronavirus infection,” the club said in a statement.
“Only persons contracted to work for the operation of the match are permitted to attend. TV coverage is guaranteed,” it added.