I didn’t watch the Panorama programme last night but I have read and heard a lot about the location of the Euro’s before and after the programme. You have to really question what FIFA are playing at organising a tournament here. They couldn’t have picked a worse location in terms of football violence, racism, homophobia and the fact that there is still a lot of general violence within these countries. It begs the question to whether we should be having a tournament where a lot of footballers let alone families and fans are so openly not welcome. In this modern-day in age NOBODY should be subjected to that kind of predjudice…it is disgusting!
FIFA seem to be in over their heads in terms of fair play and making sure every country has equal opportunities. I agree that football tournaments need to be divided and played in countries fairly but should it really be happening at the expense of abuse. It seems like a huge mistake before it has even happened which makes me wonder why FIFA are so set on this happening. Their feckless attitude towards making decisions needs to change. Are they so blind that they cannot foresee that this could possibly end in disaster, especially if abused players (rightly so) walk off the pitch, or there is a lot of trouble in terms of riots, amongst the fact that the people who live there do not wish for us to be there either. It would be so much better to have a tournament where fans are welcome and do not fear attending. Surely money cannot be more important but yes I truly believe that is the sole reason for not moving this tournament.
If it all goes wrong in Poland and Ukraine and this tournament ends in violence I don’t know what they outcome will be? Teams banned from playing if their players/fans react? Both these countries lose the future role of ever hosting another Euro tournament again? What if the trouble goes as far as violence and people losing their lives? None of these situations may even happen and I am really hoping it all goes well out there but after seeing all the media reports I have to ask the question -is it worth the risk?