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England fans condemned for singing ‘German bombers’ song in Dortmund

A prominent English supporters group has hit out at the unsavoury chanting of some travelling fans during the national side's 1-0 loss away to Germany in their friendly international.

England fans condemned for singing 'German bombers' song in Dortmund
England fans at Euro 2016. Photo: DPA

Some England supporters in Dortmund on Wednesday could clearly be heard singing songs about World War I and II, with the chants loud enough to be picked up by television microphones.

Hours after the attack in London, and with the British national anthem politely observed by the home crowd, jeers could be heard when the German anthem was played.

Germany won 1-0 thanks to Lukas Podolski's stunning second-half goal in his final international appearance.

“Over the last 20 years English football fans have built a worldwide reputation for our passionate support and the vocal backing we give to our teams,” said the Football Supporters' Federation.

“England's travelling support is made of people of all ages from a range of clubs, many of whom have worked hard in recent years to improve our standing abroad and have expressed concern to us about these chants.

“We don't want to regress to a situation where that reputation is tarnished by the actions of a minority.”

England manager Gareth Southgate, asked about the chants after the match, said he had not heard them “but it has been mentioned to me”.

“Obviously our travelling support in terms of number and the way they back the team is brilliant,” he said.

“We would encourage them to do that in the right way at all times.”

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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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