The Bundesliga will have to play again without fans after the spectator’s tentative return was shortened due to increasing coronavirus infections in Germany.
On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of the country’s 16 states introduced new prohibitions against the virus.
Professional football matches will have to be played without spectators from Monday to the rest of November, while amateur sports have been suspended entirely.
The Bundesliga played with few to no fans present this season anyway, with teams adopting local infection-based restrictions. But Wednesday’s new steps are the first national clampdown since the Bundesliga’s two-month suspension of the pandemic began in March.
Germany’s disease control agency announced a staggering 14,964 new infections in the previous 24 hours and another 27 COVID 19-related deaths, with an overall death toll of 10,098.