St. Pauli strippers get sent off

Hamburg football club St. Pauli has shown the red card to strippers performing inside a corporate box owned by one of the city's many lap dance clubs – but they can dance once matches are over.

St. Pauli strippers get sent off
Photo: DPA

The Susis Show Bar on Hamburg’s main red-light drag, the Reeperbahn, has installed a large mirror and a pole in their box for their strippers to dance for guests invited to watch Bundesliga games.

But the club has blown the whistle to the idea guests in the box can watch football while the strippers perform, and say the women can only dance after the ninety minutes of action on the pitch is over.

St. Pauli bosses acted after fans complained about the image of the club, which has something of a cult following and whose supporters are famed for their left-leaning politics, being tarnished.

“We had a discussion with the owner of the box and made it clear there cannot be dances during the matches,” St. Pauli president Stefan Orth told daily Bild.

“There can be performances after the matches, there can be dances, but they must not end up nude,” he said. “If they dance just once naked, they will be out of here!”

Prices for a box at St Pauli’s 24,850-capacity Millerntor Stadium start at €65,000 ($87,500).

St. Pauli has never been afraid of ground-breaking initiatives and are the first football club in the world to install a kindergarten so children of fans can be looked after at the club while their parents cheer their team.

St. Pauli are 15th in the Bundesliga after winning a promotion last season.


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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.