The Euro 2012 tournament continues amidst allegations of racism and acts of hooliganism.
Just a week into the Euro 2012 championship, Europe’s football organising body UEFA is already investigating allegations of racism at the tournament co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland. The organising body said it was conducting an investigation relating to alleged racist chanting directed towards Italy’s controversial striker Mario Balotelli and Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selasie. Italy and Spain had played to a 1-1 draw during their match on Sunday (10 June) while the Czech Republic was defeated 4-1 by Russia on Friday (8 June).
Also under investigation were fans of Germany for alleged acts of hooliganism while the Portuguese side was investigated for delaying kick-off for the second half of the two sides’ encounter on Saturday (9 June). While the German team is looking sharp on the field, as expected, one of Europe’s powerhouses Netherlands is having a disappointing show this year. They’ve been drawn in the toughest group (Group B) of the tournament which includes Portugal, Denmark and the well-oiled German machine.
One of the most notable sides is Croatia who are doing well in Group C but they should watch out for Spain and Italy. Co-hosts Ukraine are not doing too badly in Group D where they’re grouped with France, England and Sweden. Russia is in magnificent form in Group A where they’re battling it out with the Czech Republic, Greece and co-hosts Poland who have yet to impress.
This weekend promises a few exciting matches, with Ukraine and France locking horns in the early evening today (15 June) and England battling it out against Sweden a little later. Football lovers will also be spoiled for choice tomorrow (16 June) as the Czech Republic takes on Poland while Russia will be up against Greece. But it’s the group of death that promises more fireworks on Sunday (17 June) when Germany clashes against Denmark and the Dutch will be striving to redeem themselves when they face Portugal. You can catch all the action on SuperSport.