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Germany hit ‘for long time’ by Paris attacks

Germany coach Joachim Löw said on Tuesday his players would remain affected "for a long time" by November's Paris terror attacks, adding that it would impact their preparations for Euro 2016 in France.

Germany hit 'for long time' by Paris attacks
Joachim Löw at the Euro 2016 draw in Paris on December 12th. Photo: DPA

“Each one of us carries with us the terrible events from Paris and in all likelihood will for a long time,” Löw said in an interview with German public radio Bayerische Rundfunk.

“And I believe we must speak about it with the team in March, to prepare us a little and to adjust because we're playing in Paris twice during the group stage and we must not bring those bad memories with us,” he said.

World champions Germany were playing France in a friendly at the Stade de France on November 13 when three suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the stadium, part of a wave of attacks across the French capital which left 130 people dead and many more injured.

Germany's subsequent friendly against the Netherlands four days later in Hanover was then cancelled because of a bomb threat.

“It took me two or three days to get back to a 'normal life',” Löw told the Bavarian radio station, adding that he had sought out family members and the German team psychologist, Hans-Dieter Hermann, to help overcome the traumatic events.

Germany, who face Ukraine in Lille on June 12 in their opening game of next summer's European Championship, will then return to Paris to take on Poland at the Stade de France on June 16 before playing Northern Ireland at the Parc des Princes five days later.

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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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