In the news - Euro 2012 - Controversy and Protest

The European Championship has kicked off with controversy over politics and racism threatening to overshadow football at the tournament being co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland. England will play their first match, against France, today in Donetsk, Ukraine. But UK ministers will not be there to cheer them on, having decided to boycott Euro 2012 group matches in protest at the Ukraine’s treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

In the news

Euro 2012 – Controversy and Protest



The European Championship has kicked off with controversy over politics and racism threatening to overshadow football at the tournament being co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland. England will play their first match, against France, today in Donetsk, Ukraine. But UK ministers will not be there to cheer them on, having decided to boycott Euro 2012 group matches in protest at the Ukraine’s treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

Prince William, president of the Football Association, will also be absent. And senior politicians from Germany and France have said they will boycott games in Ukraine unless the human rights situation under President Viktor Yanukovych improves.

The alleged monkey chants appear to back up the fears of racism at the tournament aired in a recent BBC Panorama documentary. Members of the England squad have visited Auschwitz, a 50-mile drive from their base in Krakow, to pay their respects to victims of the Holocaust.



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