Bayern Munich dominate Bundesliga… for vegetarians

Bavarian football giants Bayern Munich have averted a title-free season by again being voted the best vegetarian-friendly club in the Bundesliga by animal rights group PETA.

Bayern Munich dominate Bundesliga... for vegetarians
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For the fourth season running, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has voted Bayern the best team in the German league at serving up tasty meat-free dishes to hungry football fans at their Allianz Arena stadium.

“As in past years, nothing culinary passes the Allianz Arena by,” wrote PETA on its website.

“The menu remains unchanged with chips, pizzas and Bavarian pretzels, as well as baguettes and sweet options on offer, meaning Bayern defend their position at the top of the rankings.”

Having finished third in the Bundesliga, knocked out of both the Champions League and German Cup, PETA’s award will be scant reward for the Bavarians who won the league and cup double the season before.

Champions League semi-finalists Schalke 04 came second in the veggie table, while, as their name might suggest, Hamburger SV finished bottom of the table.

Despite the German’s love for sausages, PETA say the standard of food for non-meat eaters at Bundesliga clubs is high with such delights as vegetarian kebabs and meatless burgers on offer at some league clubs across Germany.

“This ranking clearly shows that the vegetarianism in mainstream society has arrived,” said PETA in a statement.


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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.

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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.