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Scary German landing spooks Man United

One of Manchester United's most important players admitted he had a nasty moment on Tuesday when the team's landing in Germany was aborted at the last minute and the pilot had to pull the plane up to swoop round and try again.

Scary German landing spooks Man United
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United defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted: "Landed in Germany….just….I've only just recovered after that choppy landing! #TouchedCloth!!"

The team, who play Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night in a key Champions League clash, was about to land at Cologne-Bonn airport when the touch-down was aborted.

Just 400 metres or so above the runway, the pilot pulled the nose of the plane up again – due to another incoming plane, initial reports suggested.

The team then landed safely and went to their hotel to prepare for Wednesday's showdown.

United top Group A with eight points, just one ahead of hosts Leverkusen, and need to beat Sami Hyypia's Bayer to confirm their place in the knock-out stages.

Manchester's manager David Moyes defended Wayne Rooney after he was given a yellow card for kicking Jordon Mutch during Sunday's disappointing 2-2 Premier League draw at Cardiff City.

"His form, attitude and temperament have been first class this season, I can't fault it," said Moyes, with Rooney having scored eight goals so far this season in Europe and the Premier League.

"Players sometimes have their moments when they flare up, but I want Wayne to have a fire in his belly, I want him to be tough and aggressive.

"I don't want him kicking anyone, but we are seeing a Wayne Rooney who is in top form and scoring goals.

Moyes said United were eager to win their last away group game to wrap up their place in the knock-out phase before their final group match at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in a fortnight.

Bayer are unbeaten at home since losing 2-1 at home to European champions Bayern Munich in March and Moyes is wary of Hyypia's side, who are second only to Bayern in the Bundesliga.

"The group is very open and we have a big job to do here in Germany," said the Scotsman.

"We want to try and get the job done, we know we have a hard game against Leverkusen, we want to avoid things being decided by that last game."

Centre-back Nemanja Vidic is ruled out with concussion, while striker Robin van Persie is recovering from a groin injury.

Eight Manchester United players and three club officials died in what became known as the Munich air disaster in 1958 when their plane crashed, killing 23 people.

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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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