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Football official given €6.7 million bribery bill

The German Football Association (DFB) is reported to have sent a bill for €6.7 million to a former official who helped organise the scandal-hit 2006 World Cup, giving him 20 days to pay.

Football official given €6.7 million bribery bill
The 2006 organising committee. Fedor Radmann is second from the right. Photo: DPA

German daily Bild claim Fedor Radmann, the deputy president of the organising committee for the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany, has been informed he has 20 days to prove he has transferred the sum.

The procedure and fixed time limit are usual practice for debt recovery procedure in Switzerland, where Radmann now lives, and a DFB spokesman says it is intended to impede the limitation of possible claims against Rahmann.

“In this case, it is about maintaining legal positions,” a DFB spokesman told Bild.

“In Switzerland, this is done through the procedures of debt collection and we have followed the necessary steps in due time.”

The sum of €6.7 million corresponds to the cash transferred by the organising committee to football's world governing body FIFA, which has never been satisfactorily explained, in 2000, just days before Germany won the right to host the 2006 World Cup.

Both Franz Beckenbauer, the chairman of the 2006 World Cup organising committee, and Wolfgang Niersbach, the former president of the DFB who resigned over the scandal, which first came to light last October, have denied any wrongdoing.

They are both cooperating with German and Swiss investigators who are looking into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup, which Germany won by a narrow vote from South Africa.

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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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