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Cologne FC parts with director of sport

Cologne parted company with director of sport Volker Finke just hours after their 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin in the German league, a move the club said on Sunday was a search for "clarity."

Cologne FC parts with director of sport
Photo: DPA

“We think we’ve got a bit of clarity from this decision because some things were confusing.” Cologne chairman Werner Wolf told Focus magazine on Sunday.

“There have been several discussions between representatives of Cologne’s shareholders and Volker Fink about selections on the field,” said Wolf just hours after Cologne’s win against Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

“Due to differences of opinion, both sides have agreed to separate with immediate effect,” he said.

Cologne’s Norwegian coach Stale Solbakken led his team to their first win in five games against Hertha which left his team 13th in the league.

Pressure had mounted on Finke this week as the club struggled to keep hold of star forward Lukas Podolski.

Reports in both the German and British media last week said Podolski is set to join Premier league side Arsenal at the end of the season, although the 26-year-old insisted the deal is far from done.

Podolski received a straight red on 76 minutes after a clash with Hertha defender Levan Kobiashvili.

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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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