Bayern Munich are delayed in returning home from their DFB-Pokal victory over Bremer SV after an unexploded bomb dating from World War II with flights in Bremen, Purpose can confirm.
The Bundesliga champions are expected to fly back to Bavaria after their 12-0 drop from the Bremen League minnows on Wednesday night.
But the discovery of an old weapon of seven decades plus made them kick heels on the opposite side of the country.
The 500 kg explosive device – presumably an American one that fell during bombing raids on the city during World War II – was discovered on Wednesday during investigative work in the Habenhausen area.
Attempts to defuse it have been going on since Thursday morning, but while it was going on, the Bayern players – led by coach Julian Nagelsmann – waited at the hotel for the all-clear.
The Bavarian outfit is expected to have the chance to go home later on Thursday, once the work is completed, with a home clash against Hertha Berlin planned this weekend.
Bayern face second delay of year
This is not the first time the club has seen their travel plans disrupted before matches, as it has been delayed in their efforts to fly to Qatar for the Club World Cup earlier in 2020.
At the event in February, the team was left on the tarmac overnight on the tarmac after night flights were banned during their departure, allowing them to wait until almost seven o’clock in the morning before being allowed to take off.