Several police injured after football hooligans brawl in Cologne town centre

Four police officers were left injured after football hooligans loyal to FC Cologne fought with fans of Red Star Belgrade in the Rhine city on Thursday evening.

Several police injured after football hooligans brawl in Cologne town centre
Fans at the match between FC Cologne and Red Star Belgrade. Photo: DPA

Around 30 fans were involved in the brawl, which broke out shortly after midnight in the centre of Cologne.

When police tried to intervene to separate the fans, they too were attacked. Other fans also joined the melee and threw bottles and a chair at the police officers.

One of the officers sustained head and hand injuries, while three others sustained less serious injuries. Around 75 people, largely fans of the Cologne club were temporarily detained while police took their details.

Five people were arrested but were released later on Friday. Police are now investigating serious assault, attempted freeing of a detainee and breach of the peace.

The situation was largely peaceful directly after the match when police escorted the 2,500 Belgrade fans away from the stadium and putting them in special trains to the Neumarkt district of town.



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. 

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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.