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Löw banned from Euro quarterfinal match

UEFA's disciplinary committee ruled on Wednesday that German national football team coach Joachim Löw will have to watch Thursday's Euro 2008 quarterfinal match against Portugal from the stands.

Löw banned from Euro quarterfinal match
Löw and Hickersberger arguing with the ref. Photo: DPA

“I have to accept the UEFA decision and don’t wish to comment,” Löw said after the announcement. “Naturally I’m very disappointed,” he said.

During Germany’s last game against co-hosts Austria, the game’s fourth official sent both Löw and Austria’s coach Josef Hickersberger to the stands after an altercation between the three on the sidelines. It remains unclear what transpired between the three men, but Löw was forced to join Germany’s red-carded midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in the stands to watch the team’s 1-0 victory.

But Löw will now be banned from all contact to his team during Thursday’s knockout match – including the half-time break in the locker room. The ban ends as soon as the final whistle blows, when Löw can answer press questions. Löw’s assistant Hansi Flick will step in as head coach, but the two will not be allowed to communicate.

Germany’s team manager Oliver Bierhoff said Löw had been punished enough when he was banned from the second half of the Austria game. “This decision is a new low for football,” he said. “I’m nevertheless optimistic that the UEFA ban on Löw will only motivate our team we’ll give the right answer on the field.”

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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.

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