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Schalke sack Magath

Champions League quarter-finalists Schalke 04 sacked coach Felix Magath on Wednesday in an acrimonious split following a crisis meeting of the Ruhr Valley club's board.

Schalke sack Magath
Photo: DPA

“We made revisions and found things are not as we need them to be,” said Schalke chairman Clemens Tönnies.

Having won the Bundesliga title with both Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich, Magath has been dismissed as both coach and manager with ex-Hoffenheim coach Ralf Rangnick reported to be favourite to take over. Magath’s assistant Seppo Eichkorn took training on Wednesday.

A breakdown in the relationship with his players – team members complained of Magath’s conduct to Toennies – and over-spending are said to be the reasons for Magath’s dismissal.

Tönnies refused to divulge the reasons behind the dismissal and said legal action was pending.

“From Schalke’s point of view, there are very good reasons for the separation,” he said. “We will not communicate them in the general public, because of possible

legal action. We are waiting calmly for this to happen.”

The Schalke chairman had heralded Magath’s arrival in 2009 when he joined the Royal Blues after guiding VfL Wolfsburg to the Bundesliga title, but nearly two years later much has changed.

“I have stood always stood by Felix Magath, even when the results weren’t good,” said Tönnies. “But then there came a key experience which turned me through 180 degrees.”

The 57-year-old Magath had been under a cloud since reports of his imminent dismissal broke in the German media last Wednesday, the same day his side reached the last eight of the Champions League by beating Valencia 3-1 at home.

But the Royal Blues have struggled in the Bundesliga this season, are 10th in the table and will discover their Champions League quarter-final opponents in Friday’s draw without a head coach.

Schalke play at second-placed Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday in the Bundesliga.

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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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