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Klinsmann speaks out after getting sacked

Twenty-three days after being fired from coaching Bayern Munich, Jürgen Klinsmann aired his grievances in public for the first time on Tuesday ahead of a live TV interview with top presenter Günther Jauch to be aired Wednesday evening on the commercial channel RTL.

Klinsmann speaks out after getting sacked
Photo: DPA

“The most painful thing was the feeling that I could have got the job done. I could have led the team to the championship,” Klinsmann said on Tuesday.

In an interview with German Pay TV channel Premiere on Tuesday, the irascible Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge refused to comment on Klinsmann’s statement. “Parting company with a manager is never a pleasant arrangement. We’re not going to kick him now, or wash the dirty laundry in public,” he said.

Klinsmann was sacked April 27 after Bayern’s qualification into the Champions League, one of the season’s basic targets, was put into jeopardy by a string of poor results.

“We don’t see him as an enemy,” emphasised Rummenigge, “We made a clean, professional break, which we saw as necessary.”

Klinsmann was replaced by interim coach Jupp Heynckes, after which Bayern promptly won three consecutive league games.

Until now, Klinsmann’s reaction to his dismissal was limited to a short statement on Bayern’s official website. He was “very disappointed,” he said.

“We laid the foundations for the future. I still believe the team can become champions this year.”

Apart from the tantalising remark ahead of Wednesday’s TV interview on the show Stern TV, Klinsmann said very little about his former employers. Nor did he reveal much about his future or his professional ambition.

But the 44-year-old, who had been living in California until his appointment at Bayern, did say that he and his family would like to stay in Munich.

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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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