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DFB mull reporting ex-boss to police

The German Football Federation (DFB) are considering reporting ex-president Theo Zwanziger to police in connection with allegations Germany bought the 2006 World Cup.

DFB mull reporting ex-boss to police
Theo Zwanziger. Photo: DPA

According to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), “influential circles” within the DFB are mulling making a criminal complaint to the police on suspicion of a breach of confidence.

The complaint would centre around a €6.7 million transfer from the DFB into a Swiss account belonging to world football's governing body, Fifa, in 2005. According to the DFB, the money was intended for a “culture programme” at the 2006 tournament.

Spiegel magazine reported last week that the money was re-transferred by Fifa into an account belonging to ex-Adidas boss Robert Louis-Dreyfus. The weekly magazine claims that Dreyfus had provided an identical amount of money to the DFB five years earlier to buy key votes among Fifa delegates to ensure that Germany was awarded the World Cup.

Zwanziger, who in 2005 was deputy leader of the DFB's steering committee for the World Cup, is alleged to have overseen the transfer of the €6.7 million to Fifa. The SZ reports that a long feud has raged between Zwanziger and the DFB, and that it appears the federation is seeking to place blame for the scandal upon him.

DFB members have previously said that the money was intended for an opening ceremony that was cancelled at the last minute.

But the Interior Ministry told the Munich daily that “on the basis of the documents at its disposal” that it has no evidence of a payment from the DFB to Fifa for an opening ceremony nor any indication “of a planned or actual sharing of the costs of the opening ceremony on the part of the DFB”.

Should it transpire that there was no transparent reason for the money to be transferred, the DFB is reportedly considering demanding it back from Fifa.

German prosecutors said on Monday that though they were not yet formally investigating the allegations surrounding the 2006 World Cup, they were looking into the reports.

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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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