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Grown men weep as Bayern are trounced

Bayern Munich returned from Barcelona Thursday morning with the scorn of their elder statesmen piled on their heads, having suffered a 4:0 trouncing at the hands of the Spanish super-club on Wednesday night.

Grown men weep as Bayern are trounced
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The reactions of Bayern Munich’s living legends to the defeat in the 1st leg of their Champions League quarter-final, where the team were comprehensively outplayed by Barcelona’s all-star lineup, covered a Wagnerian emotional spectrum that included rage, horror, shame, abject despair and simple tears, media reports said.

“I saw our old friend Udo Lattek at half time. He was crying,” said club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in news magazine Der Spiegel, “I don’t know if they were tears of anger or tears of mourning.”

Lattek, manager of Bayern’s mythical 70’s team, which included Bayern godhead Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, and Sepp Maier won the European Cup with Bayern in 1974, when West Germany also won the World Cup. To hear the veterans of those days speak last night, those glories seemed to be ashes.

Rummenigge shared an insight into the Bayern dressing room with Yahoo’s sports website: “No-one spoke. No-one understood what they had just experienced. We will have to sleep on it for a night – if anyone can sleep.”

Beckenbauer, Bayern’s Kaiser, was almost speechless with anger: “A catastrophe! The first half was the worst that I have ever seen from Bayern. Lell gets the ball through his legs and Messi can just finish it off. That’s school-boy stuff. I don’t know what to say. 4:0 was a merciful result.”

Despite previous assurance that there would be no shame in losing to what is regarded as the world’s best team, the scale and abjectness of the loss to Barcelona has once again put team coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s job under pressure. Neither Rummenigge or Beckenbauer would offer a comment on Klinsmann’s new status.

“What are we meant to do, declare the death penalty?” fumed Beckenbauer. “There’s been enough talk, only the team doesn’t seem to understand.”

“I’m not going to comment on Jürgen Klinsmann after every game,” Rummenigge said. “We’ve got a game in Frankfurt on Saturday, even if that sounds strange.”

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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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