Adidas speaks out in FIFA controversy

Amid growing calls for the sleaze-tainted presidential election at football’s global body FIFA to be postponed, Germany-based Adidas said on Tuesday it feared for the image of the sport.

Adidas speaks out in FIFA controversy
Photo: DPA

“The repeated accusations (of corruption) are good for neither the image of

football nor FIFA itself,” a company spokesman said, adding however that “events do not bring into question our cooperation (with FIFA).”

FIFA is currently beset by accusations and counter-claims of corruption

in its highest echelons.

Election candidate Mohamed bin Hammam and FIFA vice-president Jack Warner have been suspended following allegations they offered bribes in the campaign to oust current president Sepp Blatter, who is now the sole candidate in the upcoming vote.

There are parallel accusations that several other members of FIFA’s executive committee were guilty of corruption during the votes to decide who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) said Tuesday that FIFA should hold off on the election while the situation is investigated.

“Free and fair elections cannot take place when there is a suspicion that voters may have been swayed,” Sylvia Schenk, senior advisor on sport to TI, said in a statement. “FIFA delegates know that they must clean house if their vote is to have legitimacy.”

Blatter is set to be re-elected unopposed for a fourth term by FIFA’s

congress on Wednesday.

But there are signs that sponsors are mutinying against the powerful body, and demanding that FIFA quickly address the scandal.

In addition to Adidas, Coca-Cola and Emirates Airlines have expressed concern and called for a speedy resolution to FIFA’s troubles.

The Local/AFP/mdm

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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. 

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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.