Schäuble aims to keep German hooligans from Euro 2008

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wants to do everything in the government’s power to keep hooligans from travelling to the European Championships starting this weekend.

Schäuble aims to keep German hooligans from Euro 2008
Temporary wooden jails for hooligans in Switzerland. Photo: DPA

“We’ll hinder known violent hooligans from travelling abroad,” he told the Friday edition of the tabloid Bild.

He said federal and state authorities are making use of a wide range of measures at their disposal, including official talks with specific individuals, requiring them to register their whereabouts with the police, revoking passports, and even taking people into custody.

Schäuble said the government was particularly on alert ahead of Germany first Euro match against Poland on Sunday.

“Violent individuals will have no chance at the European Championship,” he told the paper, adding that Germany had an intensive exchange of information with Euro co-hosts Austria and Switzerland.

“We’re also in close contact with our Polish colleagues,” he said in a tacit acknowledgment that hooligans from Poland and Germany have tangled before.

But Schäuble remained confident that German police in Austria and Switzerland would help ensure the Euro 2008 was a friendly and peaceful football tournament.


British football teams allowed to skip Germany’s quarantine for Euro 2020

Germany's government announced on Tuesday it will allow England, Scotland and Wales to enter the country without quarantine to play at Euro 2020 despite a recent rise in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Britain.

British football teams allowed to skip Germany's quarantine for Euro 2020
One of the venues for Euro 2020 is in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.

If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.

“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.

“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.

The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.

Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country. 

READ ALSO: Germany makes UK ‘virus variant area of concern’: How does it affect you?

This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.

The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.

A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories. 

There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

READ ALSO: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules after travel

Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.

Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.