Bayern ban big bags and bottles for Bundesliga opener

Germany’s league champions have stepped up measures for the 2016/17 season as they prepare to host Werder Bremen, with a sell-out crowd of around 70,000 expected at Munich’s Allianz Arena in a high-profile match.

“Handbags and backpacks larger than the A4 format, and all bottles, thermos flasks and liquids can no longer be brought in,” said Bayern in a statement with new coach Carlo Ancelotti set to take charge of his first Bundesliga game.

The German national team was particularly shaken by the November 13 attacks in Paris, as they were playing at the Stade de France in Paris when suicide bombers sought to get into the stadium.

A few days after the Paris attacks that left 130 people dead, a friendly between Germany and the Netherlands in Hanover was scrapped at the last minute over a terror threat.

Bavaria, the southern state of which Munich is the capital, has also been shaken by three bloody attacks which took place in the space of a week the is summer.

The worst of them took place in the north of Munich when a teenager killed nine people in and around a shopping mall using a handgun.

The two other incidents, an a xe attack on a train and a bomb attack, both in northern Bavaria, have been linked to terror group Isis.

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