Zwanziger could quit DFB before spring

Theo Zwanziger said Sunday he plans to step down as president of the German Football Federation (DFB) before spring 2012.

Zwanziger could quit DFB before spring
Photo: DPA

“I think a date in late February or early March is realistic,” Zwanziger told the German daily Die Welt, in an interview due to appear in Monday’s paper.

At the start of the month, the 66-year German boss had announced he planned to step down sometime next year, with his current term expiring in 2013.

DFB General Secretary Wolfgang Niersbach, 61, is tipped to replace him, having officially received support from Zwanziger, who said he’s ready to go soon.

“I would have no problem quitting tomorrow.”

Zwanziger has been in charge of the DFB since 2004. Germany is amongst the

favourites to win the UEFA European Championship in 2012, to be hosted by Poland and the Ukraine in June.

With 6.7 million members, the DFB is is one of the largest sports associations in the world.

Zwanziger says he wants to stay on FIFA’s executive committee until 2015, having been elected to replace compatriot Franz Beckenbauer in this year’s elections.


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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.