Friday, April 13, 2012

UEFA President Michel Platini sounded surprisingly negative about the prospects for Euro 2012 as he visited Poland on Thursday. 

Platini once again warned that overpricing - particularly in Ukraine - is putting off many thousands of fans from travelling to the 2012 European Championships, but also expressed genuine concerns about potential hooliganism during the tournament:

"If there's one thing that always worries me, it's security," Platini told the press.  "...we all know that the world isn't as nice as I'd like it to be, so of course we need security, people to protect the stadiums, to look out for the hooligans who'll come,"
 
 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Ukrainian president has stepped in to the row about the exorbitant prices being charged by some hotels ahead of Euro 2012. Viktor Yanukovych has called on several ministers and officials to actively find ways to crack down on the overpricing which threatens to put off many thousands of football fans from travelling to cities such as Kharkiv, Kyiv, Donetsk and Lviv.
How this policing of prices will be enforced is another matter of course as there is no legislation in a free market system to prevent hotels from asking such high prices.
 
 
Monday, April 2, 2012

Russia Today reports on fears of price gouging at Euro 2012 and the option of staying with a Ukrainian pensioner: