Euro 2012 boycott over Tymoshenko.http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012 ... tic-crisis
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.
On Monday, the president of the European commission, José Manuel Barroso, and Viviane Reding, the commissioner for justice, said they would not be travelling to Ukraine either. The Czech president, Vaclav Klaus, announced he was cancelling a visit to Yalta, while Germany's president, Joachim Gauck, called off a trip to the same central European leaders' summit last week.
I really hope this takes off, and we see a solid boycott, as well as fan led protests. Ukraine was on the up in freedom and democracy terms when it won the hosting, but things have changed since. Let's make sure they don't continue this way.
Also, I hope I get to protest a bit, because that implies Ireland make it out of our Poland based group stage!