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DFL-Supercup to be played without spectators at the Allianz Arena

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Well, we’re used to this, but there was a hope that there’d be fans for this installment of der Klassiker.

FC Bayern München v FC Schalke 04 - Bundesliga for DFL Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images

Per a new report from AZ, the DFL-Supercup between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will now be played in front of zero spectators at the Allianz Arens. There was a hope that there would be a small portion of fans allowed in for this installment of der Klassiker, but the staff for extraordinary events (SAE) in Munich made the decision that this would, in fact, be a Geisterspiel.

Per the SAE, there was a 7-day protocol that was used to make the decision based on the infection rates reported by the Robert Koch Institute in Munich. From the 7-day report, it was deemed that the infection rate per 100,000 people in Munich was too high to allow fans at the DFL-Supercup. Specifically, per Muenchen.de, the infection rate is currently 37.58, which is slightly higher than the 35 mark, which is the number that would allow fans back inside most venues in Munich.

Essentially, the agreement is that venues can allow fans inside at up 20% capacity if the 7-day infection rate is below 35. This is the reason why it was decided at the last minute last week that fans would not be allowed in the Allianz Arena for Bayern’s Bundesliga opener against Schalke.

Additionally, all of the fans that travelled to Budapest, Hungary for the UEFA Supercup against Sevilla are in mandatory quarantine upon their arrival back in Bavaria, as was agreed by the Bavarian government with the club. A large portion of the 3,000 tickets that were allocated to Bayern were returned because people were fearful of traveling to Budapest, where the infection rate is just as high as it is in Munich and/or they did not want to have through the quarantine period after coming home. UEFA received a fair amount of criticism for allowing 20,000 fans inside the Puskas arena for the Supercup despite Budapest’s infection rate being relatively high.

FC Bayern Munich v FC Sevilla: UEFA Super Cup 2020 Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images