Danish swerves Covid rules by allowing 40 fans to travel to England for Euros ...

Danish swerves Covid rules by allowing 40 fans to travel to England for Euros ...
Danish swerves Covid rules by allowing 40 fans to travel to England for Euros ...

The Danish Football Association has ignored the UK's strict Covid rules by allowing 40 of its fans to travel for tonight's match against England on the plane carrying its official delegation.

The DFA announced that the fans had been selected for having the greatest number of loyalty points and will travel on a plane with the partners of the footballers and other officials.

They are all members of the official Denmark football team supporters' group and were selected for having the highest number of loyalty points from attending matches at home and abroad.

Under current rules, Denmark is on the amber list meaning anyone travelling to the UK from the country must quarantine for ten days. This has resulted in no fans officially coming to the England for the match.

But they are using a loophole that allows VIPs from a national football federation to travel to Wembley from Copenhagen without needing to quarantine.

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They will land in London this afternoon after taking a negative Covid test and remain in a bubble during their 24 hour stay, the DFA says.

Based on Uefa's protocals for its own VIPs going to tonight's match, a coach will take them to an official hotel before they will be taken to Wembley for the match. After the final whistle they will return to the hotel on the same coach for an overnight stay before returning to Denmark tomorrow.

Forty Danish fans have been flown to England and allowed to skip quarantine rules to go to Wembley tonight. Pictured: Two of the 40 are Klaus Villadsen (left) and  Magnus Edinger (right)

Forty Danish fans have been flown to England and allowed to skip quarantine rules to go to Wembley tonight. Pictured: Two of the 40 are Klaus Villadsen (left) and  Magnus Edinger (right)

Crown Prince Frederik, his wife Crown Princess Mary and their football-mad eldest son Prince Christian, 15, will all be at Wembley tonight (pictured at Denmark v Finland on June 12)

Crown Prince Frederik, his wife Crown Princess Mary and their football-mad eldest son Prince Christian, 15, will all be at Wembley tonight (pictured at Denmark v Finland on June 12)

England fans outside Wembley Stadium this morning ahead of the big match

England fans outside Wembley Stadium this morning ahead of the big match

The DBU stated: 'According to the tournament rules, the DBU can send a plan with the partners of the players, staff and official management in a special COVID bubble that will not have any contact with outsiders.

'We have decided to invite 40 of the most loyal fans to London to the semi-finals for an all-expenses paid trip. The fans will fly on the DBU's chartered plane to London on Wednesday.'

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Jakob Jensen, Chief Executive of the DBU said that he was pleased that some of Denmark's most loyal fans would be rewarded by being able to attend tonight's game.

He said: 'Fans are the most important thing in football. That is why we are happy to be able to give a trip to the semi-finals at Wembley to some of the national team fans who have supported us through thick and thin in recent years.' 

Two lucky Denmark fans making the trip to Wembley are Klaus Villadsen and Magnus Edinger.

Klaus Villadsen, who works as a chemist, said he was on a date on Monday night when he took the call from a withheld number and it was the DBU asking him if he was busy on Wednesday night.

'I asked them if this was a joke,' laughed Klaus. 

He added: 'I have considered safety a little bit, but I think the risk is minimal. It is such a great experience that the risk there is, I am willing to go.'

The two friends and 38 other fans will be taken taken by bus from Luton Airport to a hotel, where they will have dinner and taken to Wembley. 

Also invited by the DBU is entrepreneur Christian Stadil, who owns sports brand  Hummel, the main sponsor of the national team, and his wife Alice Bronso.

Also invited by the DBU is entrepreneur Christian Stadil, who owns sports brand Hummel, the main sponsor of the national team, and his wife Alice Bronso (pictured together on the plane)

Also invited by the DBU is entrepreneur Christian Stadil, who owns sports brand Hummel, the main sponsor of the national team, and his wife Alice Bronso (pictured together on the plane)

The allocation has triggered fury among Danes, with one messaging Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Instagram directly and writing: 'Why the f*** are Danish fans not allowed at Wembley? If you don't allow us to take a plane we will do like in the good old days and come by sea. Be ready for a Danish sausage, w*******.'

Another fan wrote in the Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet: 'They think they can walk on water. But they will end up in deep water when the Vikings come.'

The English-language Copenhagen Post wrote: 'The storm over petty entry requirements, which ensure no Danish fans can travel to support their team in the Euro 2020 semi-final on Wednesday, is quickly escalating into the biggest affront to this country since the British Navy firebombed Copenhagen in 1807.

'Some observers might even go as far as saying it's cheating.'

One notable exception to the ban on travelling Danish fans at the match will be the country's Royal family. Crown Prince Frederik, his wife Crown Princess Mary and their football-mad eldest son Prince Christian, 15, will all be at Wembley.

Dr Bharat Pankhania, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School who specialises in epidemiology, told MailOnline: 'The 40 people and those with them might be in a bubble but Wembley will have to make sure that they are marshalled properly and

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