Spurs fans face travel hell for Leipzig tie with no direct flights to east Germany

first_imgTOTTENHAM fans were probably chuffed to bits to get RB Leipzig in the Champions League last 16 but their journey to Germany will be far from simple.Fans may no longer have to suffer the days of Europa League trips to far-flung corners of the continent and yet this tie is also not ideal travel-wise.2 Tottenham fans face a logistical nightmare trying to get to Leipzig for the Champions League last-16 clashThere are no direct flights from London airports to the eastern German city, requiring either an additional plane or train journey.This has created a conundrum for those hoping to watch the second leg after the sides were drawn together on Monday.Skyscanner recommends catching the 12.15pm flight from Heathrow on the day of the game, Tuesday March 10.Travelling via Dusseldorf over three hours, passengers land in Leipzig at 4.45pm – in time for the 9pm kick-off at Red Bull Arena, and can fly back the same way for £248.For the cheaper £158, a return via Cologne can be sorted that leaves at 5.35pm on the Wednesday and takes just over four hours.Such a lack of direct flights might compel supporters to fly into the nearby cities of Berlin or Dresden and complete their journey via train.2 The impressive Red Bull Arena, built for the 2006 World Cup, will await Spurs fans – if they can get thereCredit: Getty – ContributorSeveral flights from England land in the German capital every day and cost around £99 return, at time of writing.A train hop over to Leipzig will take less than 90 minutes, in addition to the one hour 50 minute flight and the connection to the train station.That will set you back around £20 per journey with a coach at just under £10 – but taking two-and-a-half hours.The historic city of Dresden is even closer, taking just over an hour on the train for the same price.latest champions league newsREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’CITY SITUATIONChampions Lg & Europa Lg to be played in ONE host city from quarters onwardREDS TEST2005 Champions League final quiz – How well do you remember Istanbul 15 years on?CRYING SHAMEPoch couldn’t stop crying after CL final as he talks for first time since axeEUR JOKINGCity, Chelsea & Man U’s dreams in jeopardy as govt impose quarantine on arrivalsRevealedLUK RAN OUTLukaku says he will NEVER forgive Chelsea flop AVB for 2012 Champ League axeRevealedRUSSIAN ROULETTEMan Utd’s 2008 Champions League Moscow heroes and where they are nowBut while flying over on the day of the game is an option costing as little as £80 on current rates, there are no direct returns to London until Thursday.In any case, unless the club lay on their own charter flights, travelling supporters will need to wait until the Wednesday to return.Finally, completing the journey from Tottenham to Leipzig via car will take at least ten hours but will take fans on a sightseeing tour through scenic locales such as Gent, Antwerp and Dortmund. Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says everyone has the same chances in the first knockout round of the Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Is Son Heung-min exempt from South Korea military service?

first_imgMOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’Why has he gone to do military service now?SPURS revealed that the forward is heading back to South Korea due to ‘personal reasons’.He had already gone into a voluntary two week self-isolation after returning from his homeland back in February in a bid to halt the worldwide spread of coronavirus.But as revealed by SunSport, Son is actually heading to Korea to do his military service.With the football season on hold, Son has decided to head home to do four week’s national service during the outbreak – despite being exempt.4When might he return?FOOTBALL right down through the English pyramid is currently on hold due to the ongoing pandemic, with the Premier League not expected to return until May at the very earliest.With South Koreans expected to serve 21 months, it has not yet been confirmed how long Son will be spending away from North London.He is currently recovering from a fractured arm but provided a positive update earlier this week.The Tottenham star said: “It’s already more than four weeks after surgery now and I’m doing very, very well and working hard to be ready to come back.” SON HEUNG-MIN has emerged as one of the Premier League’s brightest young stars.The South Korean forward was an integral part of the Spurs side which reached the Champions League final last season – and is a huge sporting icon back home.4 Son has scored fifteen or more goals for Spurs in the last four seasonsCredit: EPABut under Korean law, all South Korean men have to complete at least 21 months of national service before they are 28 years old.Is Son Heung-min exempt from South Korea military service?THERE are some ways in which a Korean footballer can become exempt from having to fulfil their military obligations. Gold medallists or those achieving incredible sporting achievements can see athletes avoid their stint.For example the 2002 World Cup squad, which included future Man Utd midfielder Park Ji-sung, were awarded exemptions after reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.4 Son’s gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games gave him an exemption from military serviceCredit: Getty – ContributorSon, who is currently 27 years old, captained his country at the 2018 Asian Games as he and his team-mates went for the gold medal.The South Korean was in incredible form throughout the competition, assisting both extra-time goals in the final against Japan to secure the title.That meant that Son – along with the 19 other players in the squad – were all exempt from mandatory military service.4 The Tottenham striker was one of three over-23 players allowed in the squadCredit: ReutersBack in 2014, South Korea beat their neighbours North Korea to take gold in the same competition.But Son was not included in the squad as then club Bayer Leverkusen had exercised their right to refuse his release.Conscription in South Korea has been in force since 1957 and is mandatory for all men aged between 18 and 28.The length of service varies depending on personal circumstance, while all entrants are required to undergo a physical exam to see if they are fit to serve.last_img read more