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Old 05-08-2012, 12:44 PM   #1
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Don't boycott Euro in Ukraine, urges Klitschko


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Ukrainian world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, seen here in February 2012,
has urged western politicians not to follow appeals for a boycott of June's
European championships in his homeland, but instead come to Euro 2012 matches.

Ukrainian world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has urged western politicians not
to follow appeals for a boycott of June's European championships in his homeland,
but instead come to Euro 2012 matches. Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych is
coming under increasing political pressure over the imprisonment of the former
opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, with governments of EU countries threatening
to boycott Euro 2012.

But Klitschko, the WBC heavyweight champion, says any focus on the European
championships from the world's media will also draw some attention to any abuses
going on in his country."Your displeasure at the violation of human rights would
then speak directly to the Ukrainian rulers," Klitschko told German news magazine
Focus. "That would definitely be more effective than to boycott the football
championships." Euro 2012, to be co-hosted by Poland and the Ukraine, kicks off
on June 8 with the final to be held in Kiev on July 1 with matches also being hosted
in the Ukrainian cities of Lviv, Donetsk and Kharkiv.

Philipp Lahm, the captain of Germany's football team, has already criticised the
Ukrainian government's treatment of Tymoshenko and says the political situation
in the former Eastern Bloc country is of huge concern. Germany, among the Euro
012 title favourites, will play all three of their opening games in the Ukraine.

Both their Group B games against Portugal on June 9 and June 13 against the
Netherlands will be held in Kharkiv, where Tymoshenko is being held. Both Germany
and Russia have offered to treat Tymoshenko, but Yanukovych has so far shown
no sign of wanting to make concessions, saying he cannot interfere in the legal process.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: Don't boycott Euro in Ukraine, urges Klitschko

I think boycotting it's still the best option.
Historicly deciding not to boycot has often been used by the goverments as propaganda.
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