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Porto win costs Bayern €2 million

Bayern Munich silenced their critics with a comprehensive win over Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday. But that didn't stop them having to pay Schalke 04 €2 million for the privilege.

Porto win costs Bayern €2 million
Manuel Neuer is keeping his old employer in business. Photo:DPA

Manuel Neuer wasn't the busiest player on the pitch on Wednesday night. Nor was he the hero, as he has been on so many occasions for club and country. But he still managed to put a smile on the face of former employer Schalke 04, who sold him to Bayern in 2011.

The canny management of the Gelsenkirchen club inserted a clause into the star goalkeeper's contract meaning that every time Bayern reach a semi final of the Champions League, a German Cup final or win the Bundesliga, they have to pay their domestic rival a huge sum of cash.

While the deal originally cost Bayern €22 million, they have so far forked out a further €8 million to the team from North Rhine-Westphalia. And the number could rise even further, as Bayern push for a treble of wins in all three competitions.

Ex-Schalke boss Horst Heldt commented that “If we don't win the title, we're delighted when Bayern do,” reports the Stimberg Zeitung.

Since that has been something of a regular occurrence over the last few years, Schalke have been more than happy.

Unfortunately for the Rhinelanders, the deal comes to an end at the end of this season.

From next autumn on Schalke 04, who currently lag behind Bayern by over thirty points in the league, will have to figure out a way of winning for themselves.

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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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