Royals to Boycott Euro 2012 – Unless England Wins

Human rights violations vs Football Nationalism at Euro 2012. What’s more important? Well, that will depend on whether your team wins or not, it appears.

This week, senior members of British Parliament announced they would not attend any Euro 2012 games to protest over Ukraine’s treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister of Ukraine who was jailed for seven years last year after what was widely seen as a sham trial to silence her. In April, she staged a hunger strike after accusing prison guards of assaulting her.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that no ministers would be attending any of England’s three group games, saying they have “widespread concerns about selective justice and the rule of law in Ukraine.” Today, Princes William and Harry, second and third in line to the British throne, also announced that they would be boycotting the games over concerns about Tymoshenko.

However, the Foreign office also stated that should England reach the quarterfinals, they would “review their position”. Given that both of England’s quarter final games would also take place in the Ukraine, it seems that taking a stand over human rights only goes so far in the face of the footy.


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Ricardo Petinga
Ricardo Petinga5 years ago

The Euro 2012 should be boycotted because of the massacre of tens of thousands of stray animals that the Ukranian government ordered to "clean the streets" so that the country looks better in the eyes of the idiots who go there to watch the Euro. I've also read they're giving prostitutes lessons to better serve those same idiots. All this in the name of football/soccer. It's disgusting. I have nothing against the sport, or wouldn't if it was still just a sport and not a mafia and an absolute misuse of absurd amounts of money. In what concerns this news, what else can one expect from politicians and royal family members? I'm actually surprised they'd follow through with a half-boycott, but a full boycott, that's just asking too much because that would require character and the proverbial backbone.

Deborah F.
Deborah F5 years ago

In the words of Sir Gilbert, "Bless you, it all depends."

Josha N.
Josha N5 years ago

Pathetic. Stand by your views, damnit! This "boycott" clearly shows that footy trumps ethical standards. Those Ukranians are really racist (in general, not saying anything about their wonderful activists!) and my own country's team (the Dutch team) has already been the target of racist abuse because we have a few players who are coloured. I mean, that's not a country fit for membership of the European Union! They're still like a century behind the North European countries in terms of treatment of women, animals and people of colour or different religions than Very Very Orthodox Christianity.

Kelly R5 years ago

Thanx for the background information

Ray C.
.5 years ago

in addition to my recent post or comment call it what you may I have found the report in relation to the Royal's been Prince Harry and William, the Heading Line as it stands on care 2 is totally incorrect, the headline should read the following:

Princes William and Harry join Euro 2012 boycott over Ukraine's treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko

St James's Palace said Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry would not attend championships
The Foreign Office said the government 'fully supported' the England team
Ms Tymoshenko was jailed for seven years last year after what supporters claim was a show trial
furthermore, the boycott is not just referring to the British Government and the Royals but also from other European Countries, this is a clip from a report again on the BBC WEBSITE the link is below the clip

While Mr Yanukovych has given no comment on the threats of European leaders as significant as Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel to boycott the tournament, Ukraine's foreign affairs ministry has been open in its condemnation.;

Joan Mcallister
5 years ago

Don't beieve all that you read in the press, that is my opinion. Thanks for posting

Edo F.
Edo F5 years ago

I bet they still watch all the games on tv tho

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley5 years ago

Makes sense to me!

Lauren B.

Ahh, such a strong, deep commitment to an ethical position!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

Good! if that's how they feel then I hope they (Brits) lose it all!