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Oasis singer’s claim that Munich police pulled his teeth is ‘complete rubbish’

In an interview published by the Guardian on Monday, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher alleged that Munich police officers knocked him out and pulled out two of his teeth. A spokesperson for the force has called the claim “complete rubbish.”

Oasis singer’s claim that Munich police pulled his teeth is ‘complete rubbish’
Liam Gallagher. Photo: DPA

Recalling a fight that took place in a Munich night club in 2002, Gallagher told the British newspaper that he and his band mates almost died after a glass dropped off a balcony with their heads as the targets.

Allegedly, one of his roadies had been “giving a bird the eye” and her lover hadn’t been best pleased.

The band decided to fight their way out of the bar and ended up in the middle of a brawl that took 80 police officers to quell. Gallagher brags that he “kicked a copper in the lobby” and that as an act of revenge the police knocked him out and pulled out his front teeth with pliers.

“If I was to hit you in the mouth, you’d think you’d have a fat lip, right? I didn’t have a fat lip. I was still fucking whistling while I worked, mate,” he said, explaining the logic behind his theory.

A spokesperson for the Munich police had a rather different version of events, though.

“It was the band who started the fight with a group of Italians in a nightclub,” the spokesperson told The Local on Tuesday, adding that it was not clear how Gallagher lost his nashers but that it had been at some point during the brawl.

The allegation against the police “is complete rubbish,” the spokesperson added.

“If he wants to do something he should file an official complaint and not tell some story to a newspaper sixteen years later,” he said.

MUNICH

Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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