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Dresden kicked out of German Cup after rioting

Second division Dynamo Dresden have been banned from next season's German Cup as punishment after their fans rioted at Hannover 96 in October, a year on from similar trouble at Borussia Dortmund's ground.

Dresden kicked out of German Cup after rioting
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Violence broke out before the Cup game on October 31, which Hannover won 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time, as 300 Dynamo fans broke into Hannover’s AWD Arena and clashed with police, which held the match up for 15 minutes.

“The weight of the punishment is explained by the numerous precedents and the seriousness of the incidents at the Cup game in Hanover,” explained Hans Lorenz, president of the German Football Federation’s (DFB) disciplinary panel after a seven hour hearing late Monday.

Last year the DFB fined the eastern German side €100,000 after rioting at Dortmund.

In the last 20 years, the DFB’s disciplinary committee has returned 20 verdicts against Dresden with a wide range of sanctions and fines.

Monday’s sanction comes 48 hours before Germany’s first and second division clubs meet in Frankfurt to discuss controversial new measures to curb crowd trouble.

Last month German fans reacted against the proposals which will see a ban on standing and a cut in ticket availability by staging silent protests at stadiums across the country.

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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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