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Hannover 96 bemused by Brazilian’s missing 9 cm

Hannover 96 coach Mirko Slomka has admitted being surprised to find new Brazilian recruit Franca -- signed to bolster the Bundesliga club's midfield -- is nine centimetres (3 1/2 inches) shorter than he had been told.

Hannover 96 bemused by Brazilian's missing 9 cm
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Having been told the 21-year-old defensive midfielder was an imposing presence at 1.90 metres, Slomka, who is 1.87 metres tall, only discovered he had a clear height advantage over the Brazilian when Franca arrived in Germany. A tape measure soon confirmed Franca’s missing height.

“What can I say? I was surprised,” Slomka told German daily Bild. “The one criterion had been to pay attention to the body size.”

The error appears to have been the fault of Hannover 96’s director of sport Jorg Schmadtke, who stated in the transfer announcement: “Franca, at 1.90 metres and 88 kilos, has a physical presence he brings with great passion into his game”.

Franca, full name Welington Wildy Muniz dos Santos, signed from Brazilian side Criciuma for €1.3 million on January 13 and has yet to make his Bundesliga debut.

Beaten 5-4 by Schalke 04 on Friday in the Bundesliga to leave them 11th in the table, Hannover have had little luck with new signings this month.

Poland midfielder Pawel Wszolek had been due to arrive from Polonia Warschau last week having signed a contract, but the 20-year-old decided against the deal and Hannover 96 have referred the matter to their lawyers.

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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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