They think it's all over? Bild in Geoff Hurst goal offer ahead of EU vote
Published 23/06/2016 | 00:11
Germany's most popular newspaper, Bild, has made a big offer to English voters in the EU referendum: stay in the EU and we will finally recognise Geoff Hurst's disputed goal in the 1966 World Cup final.
Hurst's extra-time strike at Wembley which put England 3-2 ahead of the then West Germany has long been a bone of contention between the two countries, with Germans claiming it landed on the line after hitting the crossbar, while England fans insist the ball crossed the line before bouncing out of the goal.
For the tabloid Bild to be prepared to accept it as a valid goal is a mark of the concern many in Germany feel about the prospect of losing the UK from an EU, which they fear could become skewed towards Mediterranean states in its absence.
And recognising Hurst's goal from the famous 4-2 victory is not the only concession Bild is ready to make.
In a front page addressed to "Dear Brits", the paper also offers that if the UK votes Remain:
:: We'll stop making jokes about Prince Charles's ears;
:: We'll stop using sun cream on the beach out of solidarity with your sunburn;
:: We'll reserve a place with our towels for you on the hotel sun-lounger;
:: We'll introduce tea breaks;
:: We'll turn our clocks back an hour to be in synch with you;
:: We'll do without a goalie in penalty shoot-outs with you to make it a bit more exciting;
:: We'll send (German national football manager) Jogi Loew to guard your Crown Jewels;
:: We'll introduce an EU regulation banning a frothy head on beer;
:: We'll all come along to the Queen's 100th birthday.