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Werder Bremen players slapped with tattoo ban

Bundesliga side Werder Bremen has banned players from getting tattoos during football season, citing health risks such as infection.

Werder Bremen players slapped with tattoo ban
Photo: DPA

Werder Bremen manager Klaus Allofs told daily Bild that the ban had been put in place because tattooing can be risky and hurt players’ readiness for games.

“I do not want to dramatize the danger, but we have pointed out that we ban tattoos that are made during the season,” he told Bild. “That is a risk that we simply have to exclude.”

See a gallery of Bundesliga stars and their tats

At least one Bundesliga player has had serious tattoo troubles. Last year, Eljero Elia, a forward on the Hamburger SV squad, had difficulty putting on his soccer kit after getting a painful infection from a poorly applied tattoo.

But the ban may prove hard to enforce, given tattooing has become popular in recent years, not just among Bundesliga players but among top athletes around the world – including among Werder Bremen players.

Top Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese and midfielder Marko Arnautovi are among football’s biggest tattoo aficionados. And, of course, British superstar David Beckham is well-known for the tats covering his body.

In the US, basketball stars Carmelo Anthony and Tim Duncan as well as baseball player Jason Giambi are just a few of the players who sport prominent tattoos.

The Local/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. 

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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