The West German authorities took no chances when East German World Cup soccer squad arrived at Fuhlsbuettel Airport, near Hamburg on Tuesday (11 June).
The West German authorities took no chances when East German World Cup soccer squad arrived at Fuhlsbuettel Airport, near Hamburg on Tuesday (11 June). A strong force of armed police and troops ringed the airport tarmac, to prevent entry by unauthorised personnel.
The strength of the security force was prompted by threats of possible Palestinian Guerrilla attacks during the World Cup series. On Monday (10 June), the West German Government released two Palestinian guerrillas from jail - in an attempt to ward off any violence ???eminiscent of the Munich Olympics massacre.
The East German team arrived in a chartered twin-engined jet of their country's Interflug Airline. And shortly after the official welcome, they were whisked away to their training camp at Quickborn, North of Hamburg.
A privately-hired bus was used to transport the squad, as East German officials refused to accept official transport provided by the World Cup organising committee. They said that the bus did not carry the correct national emblems.
The team's bus was accompanied to Quickborn by police car and motor cycle escort.
The East German are in Group One, and their first match is against Australia in Hamburg on Friday. Their other games are against Chile and arch-rivals, West Germany. It is the first time the East Germans have made it into the World Cup finals.