Borussia Dortmund cancel 67,000 tickets for upcoming match against Bayern Munich
It comes amid surging coronavirus infections in Germany
Borussia Dortmund have cancelled the advance ticket sale for their Bundesliga clash against Bayern Munich on Saturday amid surging coronavirus infections in Germany, according to kicker.
Due to the uncertain situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Dortmund have cancelled the advance ticket sale for the game and therefore the clash at Signal Iduna Park will not take place in front of 67,000 fans as planned.
In response to the increasing coronavirus infection rates, the association have announced that "a pandemic-related reduction in capacities by the state government is to be expected within the coming days" and that all tickets have been cancelled as a result.
The club announced that every ticket holder would receive their money back, and added that it does not necessarily mean that the game in Dortmund will be played behind closed doors.
It is thought that once the political decision on permissible future stadium utilisation in North Rhine-Westphalia has been made, and the club have 'reliable knowledge' on the matter, they will provide supporters with a relevant update on the new advance sale.
"All of the 67,000 tickets that were available for the decisive Bundesliga game on the basis of the Corona Protection Ordinance of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia had already sold out a few days ago," said the club in a statement, as per Bulinews.
"However, the state government is currently expected to reduce game capacities within the next few days due to the pandemic.
"As soon as the political decision regarding future stadium capacities in North Rhine-Westphalia has been made, and we are given reliable information on it, we will inform you about the new advance sale.
"Fans who have already purchased tickets will get their money back. We will inform all of those who have purchased tickets about reimbursement within the next few days."
The news comes after Bayern Munich's Champions League clash against Barcelona was ordered to play behind closed doors next week as a result of the rising rates of coronavirus infections.
The state governor for Bavaria confirmed that no supporters would be allowed into stadiums for the 'foreseeable future' with fellow Bundesliga clubs Augsburg and Greuther Fürth, as well as other teams in other sports.
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