Monday, April 30, 2012

Calls Rise For A Boycott Of The 2012 Euro Football Championships

Euro 2012 Faces Diplomatic Crisis Over Ukraine's Jailed Opposition Leader -- The Guardian

Germany leads west European and EU states threatening to boycott football tournament unless Yulia Tymoshenko is released.

The 2012 European Championships were heading towards a diplomatic fiasco on Monday after more EU leaders said they would join Germany in a boycott of the event next month unless Ukraine freed the opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko.

On Sunday, Angela Merkel said that she and her cabinet would not attend any games played in Ukraine, which is co-hosting the tournament with Poland, unless the human rights situation under President Viktor Yanukovych improved.

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More News On Calls For A Boycott Of The 2012 European Football Championships

Ukraine under growing pressure over treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko -- The Telegraph
EU leaders shun Ukraine over Tymoshenko case -- AFP
Germany threatens boycott of Euro championships over health of former Ukraine PM Tymoshenko -- Daily Mail
Angela Merkel plans Euro 2012 boycott if Yulia Tymoshenko kept in jail -- The Guardian
Euro 2012 turning into nightmare for Ukraine after boycott threat -- National Post/AFP
Tymoshenko's condition worsening, daughter say -- Reuters
Ukraine attacks soccer boycott as Cold War tactic -- Reuters
Ukraine Calls Boycotts of Euro Football Tournament ‘Cold War Tactic’ -- Voice of America

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