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Lehmann suspended after unauthorised Oktoberfest visit

Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been suspended for Wednesday's German Cup match against VfB Lübeck because he attended Munich's beer festival last weekend after his side's defeat by Cologne.

Lehmann suspended after unauthorised Oktoberfest visit
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The 39-year-old was suspended for the second-round match at Lübeck, and possibly this weekend’s Bundesliga game at Eintracht Frankfurt, after club officials heard he attended last Saturday’s festival opening without telling them.

“That evening, I drank only half a Radler [a beer and soda mix] and then mineral water after that,” Lehmann told Bild newspaper. “I drove myself home later on.”

Lehmann was at fault in Stuttgart’s 2-0 league defeat to Cologne, who picked up their first win of the season last Saturday.

Click here for a photo gallery of Oktoberfest.

He gifted Cologne their second goal when he raced out of his area only to lose possession and allow Willy Sanou to shoot into an empty net. Coach Markus Babbel said he will talk to the ex-Germany star about the unauthorised beer outing.

“On Thursday, Horst Heldt [Stuttgart’s team manager] and I will talk to Jens about this thing and we will see what happens after that,” said Babbel.

Lehmann seems to have accepted his punishment.

“The visit to Oktoberfest was for a charity event which had long since been planned, but had not been agreed with the club,” said the ex-Arsenal stalwart. “Of course, I accept the measures the club has taken.”

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MUNICH

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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