Police force Polish hooligans back over Frankfurt border bridge

Police narrowly avoided a massive brawl in the eastern city of Frankfurt an der Oder on Sunday night between Polish and German hooligans after they forced 300 Poles back over a border bridge.

Police force Polish hooligans back over Frankfurt border bridge
Austrian police also arrested German far-right hooligans Sunday night. Photo:DPA

The Polish hooligans crossed over into Germany over the bridge spanning the Oder River around 11 pm after the Polish national football team lost to the Germans 2-0 in a European Championship match in Austria on Sunday evening, a police spokesman said on Monday.

Many of the Poles had covered their faces as they prepared to fight Germans gathering on the Frankfurt side of the border, but the police were able to intercept them and force them back across the bridge. They also demanded the German hooligans leave the scene and arrested seven men who failed to do so.

The Poles threw bottles and stones and one Polish police officer was seriously injured. A German officer suffered minor injuries from a punch thrown by a hooligan. The city’s Euro 2008 parties remained peaceful. The German and Polish authorities are now discussing how to avoid hooligan violence in the future, according to the spokesman.


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. 

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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.