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TSV 1860 München fires Göktan for taking cocaine

Professional footballer Berkant Göktan has been fired from his team TSV 1860 München after a urine test showed he had taken cocaine.

TSV 1860 München fires Göktan for taking cocaine
What drugs? Photo:DPA

The club had tried to keep the 27-year-old by putting his contract on hold while he sought help for his drug problem, but he refused to do what officials wanted, and relations have now been cut.

“We have been forced to take this action, even though it is really sad. It is no longer about the player, but about the person of Berkant Göktan,” manager Stefan Reuter told sports news agency sid.

“This is why, taking into consideration the personal consequences, we ask for understanding that the club will not make any further statements about the matter,” Reuter said. “We wish and hope that Berkant Göktan gets his life under control.”

Göktan came to Munich in 2006 from 1 FC Kaiserslautern. He had not played this season due largely to an infection in his foot, but last season scored 10 goals in 24 games.

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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