Schweini apologises to president for snub

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologised to German President Joachim Gauck for failing to shake his hand after his penalty miss meant that Bayern lost Saturday's Champions League final to Chelsea.

Schweini apologises to president for snub
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“I wasn’t taking anything around me in anymore,” Schweinsteiger said on Monday, after several newspapers printed a photo of the snub. “I was in despair, disappointed, almost paralysed.”

The 27-year-old said it was “definitely not true,” and “a misunderstanding” to speak of a “refused handshake,” and said he had simply been too crushed to see the president’s outstretched hand.

Some papers even suggested that the handshake refusal may have been retribution after Gauck apparently celebrated Dortmund’s win over Bayern in the German Cup final in Berlin the week before.

Bayern lost the Champions League final 4-3 on penalties, after the game finished 1-1 after extra time. Schweini smashing their final penalty against the post – allowing Chelsea’s Ivorian striker Didier Drogba to convert the spot-kick that clinched it for the London club.

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.