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Hooligans break Leverkusen player’s nose

German police are hunting two football hooligans who attacked a player from their rival team, hitting in him in the face as he left a disco and breaking his nose.

Hooligans break Leverkusen player's nose
Photo: DPA

Michal Kadlec, 27, a defender for Leverkusen and a national player in the Czech Republic, had been in a disco in Cologne with a group of players from various teams when he was attacked.

“I was thunderstruck. The men identified themselves as FC fans, insulted me as a Leverkusen player and then I suddenly felt an impact,” Kadlec told the Express news portal.

“My nose immediately started bleeding heavily, and my girlfriend Nicole was shocked. I have never experienced anything like it, either in Cologne or in my homeland,” he said.

He had been celebrating Leverkusen’s 1-0 victory over Hoffenheim on Saturday evening, visiting the Cologne city centre disco Ivory with a group of teammates – and at least one FC Cologne footballer.

The Express reported on Monday that the 24-year-old man who had hit Kadlec, and his 20-year-old friend were members of the FC fan club Boyz Köln 200.

Kadlec was expecting to be operated on, on Monday, and said he intended to play in the upcoming match against Hannover next Saturday. “Despite this I hope to play against Hannover with a special mask,” he said.

Wolfgang Niersbach, head of the German Football Association, said he condemned the attack. “We were in contact with Cologne. But what can the club do? They are not fans, rather they are criminals, and must be treated as such.”

And although 1. FC Cologne manager Claus Horstmann apologised to Leverkusen, the latter’s spokesman Meinolf Sprink said, “FC Cologne cannot do anything about such excess.”

The Local/hc

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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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