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Merkel and Cameron to watch big match together

The leaders of Britain and Germany may put aside historic rivalries and watch the crunch World Cup football match between England and Germany together at a G8 summit in Toronto, Canada, they said Friday.

Merkel and Cameron to watch big match together
Photo: DPA

British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel want to talk about tuning in to Sunday’s last 16 clash – and Cameron has joked he will “try not to wrestle her to the ground during penalties.”

The last time England and Germany met in the World Cup was the 1990 semi-final when England were beaten on penalties and which has become one of the most famous games in English footballing folklore.

“There is an idea we might try and watch it together,” Cameron told ITV News in Huntsville, Canada, where he was attending a Group of Eight leaders’ summit. “I will try not to wrestle her to the ground during penalties, but we will have to see.”

Merkel told reporters: “I’m going to watch the game on Sunday. I’m going to talk to Cameron – who, when, where and how.”

She and Cameron will be attending the G20 summit in Toronto Sunday when the

vital match will be played in South Africa. Cameron also revealed Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had started supporting England since Italy’s shock exit from the tournament Thursday after the two leaders met Friday.

“I commiserated with Prime Minister Berlusconi about the Italian team, but he is now claiming (the Italian manager of England) Fabio Capello as one of his own, and is going to be supporting England, so I have notched up one supporter,” he told Sky News television.

Asked to predict the result, he said: “I just want an England win. One (goal) is enough.”

There is huge interest in the World Cup at the summit among football-playing nations, with delegations following it keenly and some televisions at the Deerhurst Resort, where it is being held, tuned in to live action.

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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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