Canny footballer shoots, scores, is banned

A German amateur footballer who took part in a goal-shooting competition organized by an electronics retail chain, won thousands of euros worth of goods for himself, friends and even complete strangers - until the store banned him.

Canny footballer shoots, scores, is banned
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Dany Ward, 33, recently became co-trainer at the regional league football team Arminia Eilendorf in his hometown of Aachen, the Aachener Zeitung reported.

Last week he went to his local Media Markt shop to buy a load of prizes for a tombola draw. He paid for the flat screen television, a loud speaker system, a coffee machine, a deep fat fryer and a kettle, and was leaving the shop.

Because he had bought them separately and thus had five receipts, he was invited to take five shots at the goal shooting competition – a wall with a hole cut into it. He shot three goals, and received €230 refund on three pieces of his shopping.

Rather than going home, Ward went straight back into the electronics shop and spent the money on iPod accessories, two Blue-ray discs and a navigation system – and came back with the receipts to give the goal wall another four shots.

This time he scored twice and got €160 back.

A woman who saw his success and who had just bought eight small computers for work – for €2,400 – asked Ward if he would take her shot for her – and he agreed, and scored, securing the money for the woman.

“Everyone was cheering, it was crazy,” he told the Aachener Zeitung. And he stressed she had not paid him to do it. “All I got from the woman was a hug,” he said.

The following day – the last of the nationwide competition – Ward returned with a few friends to the shop, and they bought up a load of goods. But as they tried to have a go at the prize football wall, Media Markt employees stopped them from taking part.

“The impression arose that the customer was not shopping for normal amounts – rather that he was acting commercially – which was not allowed. It also appeared that the footballer wanted to play for other customers, perhaps in order to share the winnings,” said Eva Simmelbauer, spokeswoman for the chain.

Ward told the newspaper he felt the company had acted outrageously by banning him from the competition.

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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.