Germans tackle protests at World Cup camp

German team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Wednesday he had opened talks with people living near Germany's hotel in Brazil after locals protested against the tight security measures surrounding the football team's World Cup base.

Germans tackle protests at World Cup camp
Team manager Bierhoff talks to locals in traditional dress at Germany's training ground on Monday. Photo: DPA

A group of 100 people from the 900-strong community in Santo Andre protested angrily at a meeting in the village on Tuesday over the tight security surrounding Germany's luxury Campo Bahia hotel, which was built specially for the World Cup squad.

Stringent security checks have made life difficult for those living and working in the area and Bierhoff met residents at a local pub, which was cordoned off by police for the meeting.
"It seems to be that things haven't been working too well," admitted Bierhoff. "We have asked our head of security, Hendrik Grosse-Lefert, to make sure the necessary security passes are given out. We don't want the people living here to be disrupted."
A police unit has been assigned to protect the German team throughout their stay and Bierhoff admitted even they have been affected by the high-level of security.
"We had wanted to ride by bike to our training ground everyday, but unfortunately this is not possible, because the police don't allow it," Bierhoff added.
German Football Association (DFB) spokesman Jens Grittner said the measures, such as police escort to training, were a requirement imposed by FIFA and the Brazilian government.
Germany kick-off their World Cup campaign against Portugal in Salvador on Monday and also face Ghana and the United States in Group G.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is expected to be fit to face Portugal in their opener having fully recovered from a shoulder injury, the team's goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke confirmed on Wednesday.

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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. 

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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.

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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.