Coronavirus fears forces Bayern-Chelsea to be played with no fans

Bavarian authorities have taken steps to limit the coronavirus spread, meaning Bayern Munich will face Chelsea without fans present.

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The second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie between Bayern Munich and Chelsea at the Allianz Arena on March 18 will be held without fans present , if the match goes ahead.   -  Getty Images

Bayern Munich versus Chelsea is the latest confirmed Champions League game to be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus.

Bavarian authorities announced on Tuesday that all events where more than 1,000 people would be attending between now and April 19 are to be cancelled.

It means the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at the Allianz Arena will be held without fans present on March 18, assuming the match goes ahead.

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Bayern leads the tie 3-0 after a commanding first-leg victory at Stamford Bridge.

The decision comes despite RB Leipzig's match at home to Tottenham on Tuesday proceeding as planned, with supporters allowed to attend.

Valencia against Atalanta, Paris Saint-Germain's game with Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona versus Napoli are also being played behind closed doors as the coronavirus continues to spread across Europe.

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There are suggestions Juventus' clash with Lyon in Turin could be postponed after Italy went into lockdown to try to control the outbreak of COVID-19.

Saturday's Bundesliga derby between Dortmund and Schalke will also be staged without fans.

There were 1,129 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Germany as of Monday.

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