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India's U16 football team unaffected by German mass shooting

Germany has witnessed an alarming number of mass violence attacks in the last few days which have left citizens of the European country shaken up.

football Updated: Jul 28, 2016 09:40 IST
Amit Kamath
Players of India's U-16 football team, which is in Germany at the moment for an exposure trip ahead of September's AFC U16 Championship, have not been affected by the senseless violence, according to coach Nicolai Adam.
Players of India's U-16 football team, which is in Germany at the moment for an exposure trip ahead of September's AFC U16 Championship, have not been affected by the senseless violence, according to coach Nicolai Adam.(Getty Images)

Germany has witnessed an alarming number of mass violence attacks in the last few days which have left citizens of the European country shaken up. However, players of India's U-16 football team, which is in Germany at the moment for an exposure trip ahead of September's AFC U16 Championship, have not been affected by the senseless violence, according to coach Nicolai Adam.

In fact, the U16 team even played a match against Arminia Bielefeld in Duisburg a day after the Munich mass shooting, which left nine people dead. India lost 3-1, but coach Adam was keen to emphasise that the mass shooting had no effect on his wards. 

"Duisburg, where we are right now, is not affected in any way. Nobody from our team nor from the opponent team was affected, the focus is all on football. We all focus on our preparations," Adam told HT via email. 

He added that it was impossible to shield the players from the disturbing nature of the news of the mass shooting. 

"It’s impossible to keep such kind of news away from the players because basically everybody has a smart phone and internet access," he added. 

The U16 team played another match on Thursday in Duisburg, beating Rot-Weiss Essen 2-1.