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German media roundup: Late revenge for Wembley?

Following Germany's crushing 4-1 World Cup victory over England, the newspapers in The Local's media roundup on Monday could hardly contain their joy.

German media roundup: Late revenge for Wembley?
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But the disallowed goal by English midfielder Frank Lampard also raised the spectre of the infamous 1996 final in Wembley, when England beat West Germany after another questionable call by the referee.

“Thank you football God,” screamed the headline in sensationalist Bild daily, after Germany had booked its spot in the quarter-finals. “After 44 years, the Wembley goal is finally balanced out. Now the English know how we have felt the whole time.”

The Lampard strike, which replays showed had clearly crossed the goalline, would have evened the match at 2-2. But most German papers had little sympathy for their English rivals.

“Sorry,” said the right-wing Die Welt broadsheet in English. “Now we’re even.”

After Bild wrote its Saturday edition scrupulously avoiding Anglicisms on the eve of the game, the papers allowed their English creativity to flow after the game.

“Thank you Fussball-Gott),” wrote Bild, on a page with huge photos of the 1966 and 2010 incidents. And on the front page: “Jungs, we love you.”

“YES!” exclaimed the tabloid Berliner Kurier. “That was the revenge for Wembley 44 years after the final in London, this time it is England crying over a bad refereeing decision.”

The centre-left Süddeutsche Zeitung offered a simple “Sorry England” and said the Wembley incident, a “thorn in the side of German football,” could now finally be put to rest. But the Munich daily said another football legend would continue to live on: poor English goalkeeping. “The English will only manage to beat Germany when they decide to play with a goalkeeper.”

Berlin’s centrist daily Der Tagesspiegel called the disallowed Lampard goal a “horrible mistake” that could have even cost England the match. “Maybe, probably most likely the game would have turned out differently,” the paper wrote. “The discussion and debate will continue for some time to come.”

Not prone to bouts of national exuberance, the leftist daily Neues Deutschland wrote: “Germany advances to the quarter-finals against Argentina with good passing football – and a little bit of luck.”

And the Bild offered an olive branch to English fans who have sworn for 44 years that Geoff Hurst’s England goal” in 1966 did in fact cross the line by conceding that it was indeed a good decision by the officials after all.

“We admit without doubt that it was definitely a goal. You were robbed. But please, will you now admit as well: the goal at Wembley was NOT a goal. Dear England, let’s bury the hatchet and look forward to massive duels between our two teams in the future.”

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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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