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Why Bayern Munich fans are banned from Champions League clash against Arsenal

Bayern Munich will play the UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash against Arsenal without their fans in the stadium

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Arsenal are set to clash with Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but will have to do so without the presence of their fans who have been banned from attending the away leg of the quarter-final due to previous incidents involving fireworks.

The decision comes after Bayern supporters threw fireworks onto the pitch during their recent 3-1 victory against Lazio, prompting UEFA to take action. Bayern had previously faced similar sanctions, with UEFA imposing a €40,000 fine in October following incidents during their win over Copenhagen. This resulted in a one-game suspended ban from purchasing away tickets, which was activated following the Lazio match.

Bayern’s CEO, Jan-Christian Dreesen, expressed the club’s acceptance of the punishment, citing the serious nature of the violations. Dreesen stated, “Not only were pyrotechnics set off, but also fired deliberately onto the field, directly endangering bystanders.” He acknowledged the impact of the ban on the team, saying that a small group of offenders had tarnished the reputation of all supporters.

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In a fortunate turn for Arsenal, they are permitted to fill the away end with their own fans, creating a vibrant atmosphere with a capacity crowd of 60,000 supporters rallying behind Mikel Arteta’s side.

The upcoming clash holds significance for both clubs, with Bayern Munich facing Arsenal in European competition once again. However, the absence of Bayern’s fans may impact their confidence as they visit north London. Meanwhile, Arsenal will aim to capitalise on their home advantage in the first leg.

Arsenal advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating Porto via a penalty shootout, marking their first appearance in the Champions League last eight in 14 years. Bayern’s progression was more straightforward, securing a 3-1 aggregate victory over Lazio in the previous round.

The fixture also marks Harry Kane’s return to face his former north London rivals since departing Tottenham in the summer.

Despite the challenging nature of the tie, Arsenal will be optimistic about their chances against Thomas Tuchel’s side and relieved to have avoided matchups against Real Madrid and Manchester City. The winner of this two-legged encounter will face either Real Madrid or Manchester City in the next round, as the path to the final has already been determined.

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