Sports Archives

  • Russia accuses EU of ‘aggressively promoting’ homosexuality


    Russia, caught in a pre-Sochi Olympic uproar over gay rights, accuses the European Union in a new report of trying to enforce "an alien view" of homosexuality on other countries.

  • EPP leader calls for ‘political boycott’ of the Sochi games


    Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, a vice-president of the European People's Party and president of the EPP group in the European Parliament, has called for a “political boycott” of the Sochi Olympics.

  • French leftist coalition blows up ahead of EU, local elections


    The French Left Party's decision to suspend its membership of the European Left has highlighted tensions with their traditional communist allies, which could seriously damage both party's results at the forthcoming EU elections in May. reports.

  • Brussels to investigate Barça, Real over illegal state aid


    The European Commission will begin disciplinary action against seven Spanish clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona over possible illegal state aid, Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo said on Monday (16 December).

  • Anti-slavery group calls for boycott of 2022 Qatar World Cup

    Development Policy 23-08-2013

    EXCLUSIVE / A call has gone out for the international community to shun the 2022 World Cup in Qatar unless it reforms its indentured labour practices on the Unesco International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade (23 August).

  • Parliament mulls EU laws to fight organised crime in sport


    Plans for an EU-wide legal approach to match-fixing and money laundering in sport are under way, with the European Parliament committee on mafia and organised crime holding a debate on the issue yesterday (17 September).

  • Ukraine, Poland end highly-politicised football cup


    Most commentators were positive about Ukraine and Poland's hosting of the Euro 2012 football championship, despite media badmouthing of Kyiv and a boycott at the political level over the imprisonment of the country's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

  • Ukraine rejects accusation of racism in stadiums


    A Ukrainian diplomat yesterday (5 June) slammed a BBC documentary depicting the presence of racism and hatred at stadiums in his country. The documentary was released just days before Friday's start of the Euro 2012 football cup, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland.

  • Poland, Ukraine denounce calls for Euro 2012 boycott


    Poland and Ukraine, which are co-hosting the Euro 2012 football championship in June, strongly criticised European politicians who said they would not attend matches played in Ukraine in sign of protest against the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

  • Merkel to boycott Ukraine football tournament


    German Chancellor Angela Merkel could cancel her visit to Ukraine during the Euro 2012 football tournament in June if jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is not released by then, Germany's Der Spiegel magazine reported yesterday (29 April). 

  • Ski teachers ‘Green Card’ tests EU job mobility goals


    European Commission plans to introduce a professional card for ski teachers valid across all participating EU countries is creating jitters among a profession that was until now largely protected by national rules.

  • Poland, Ukraine ‘ready’ for Euro 2012


    Poland and Ukraine have completed preparations to co-host the Euro 2012 European Football Championship, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at a joint press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart, Mykola Azarov.

  • Commission eyes EU regulation of online gambling


    Policymakers and operators alike are broadly in favour of introducing EU-wide legislation to govern the online gambling market. But common rules should not prevent member states from regulating online gambling as tightly as they want, participants in a European Economic and Social Committee conference heard yesterday (6 September).

  • Euro 2012 heralds Ukraine debt catastrophe

    Special Report | Europe's East 06-09-2011

    Preparations for the Euro 2012 football championships, which Ukraine is set to co-host with Poland, have been mishandled and could result in a foreign debt catastrophe for Kyiv, independent experts have warned.

  • EU funding for sports ‘must increase’: Report


    Annual funding for the EU's sports policy must increase dramatically if it is to be fully effective, an independent evaluation has concluded. But the European Commission will not decide how much money to allocate to its future sports programme until the autumn. 

  • Online gambling: EU puts Germany under pressure


    Germany may have to relax its draft gambling law to give online gaming firms more scope to operate following criticism from Britain and Malta and rulings by the European Union's top court.

  • UK Lords back EU budget for sports


    Sport should be granted specific funding from the EU budget as it helps to deliver major policy objectives in areas like health, education and employment, argued a report published by the UK's House of Lords yesterday (6 April), giving weight to the European Commission's bid to ensure that the EU's new sports programme is adequately funded.  

  • Re-elected Platini pledges to control football spending


    UEFA President Michel Platini this week (22 March) pledged to continue his efforts to keep a lid on club spending and combat match-fixing and crowd violence following his re-election as president of European football’s governing body. 

  • EU gambling market ‘needs harmonised rules’


    An EU-wide public consultation on the future of Europe's fast-growing online gambling industry, to be published by the European Commission tomorrow (24 March), must produce "harmonised rules" to govern the market, Sigrid Ligné, secretary-general of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), told EURACTIV in an interview. 

  • EU gambling consultation must create ‘competitive landscape’


    An upcoming EU-wide public consultation on the future of Europe's rapidly-growing online gambling market must create a "competitive landscape" for betting firms, Khalid Ali of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Finns offer inspiration for EU health, sports policy


    Finnish policymakers were yesterday (22 February) in Brussels to outline how innovative projects in the south of the country can inspire similar action at EU level, revealing how prescribing exercise rather than drugs can improve public health. 

  • Commission mulls cap on football transfer fees


    EU Sport Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has described as "incredible" some of the recent multimillion euro transfer fees paid for professional football players. In an interview with EURACTIV, she announced that the European Commission will look into the possibility of taking action, including capping fees.

  • FIFA loses fight to block free TV sports coverage


    Major sports events such as the football World Cup will be available to all television viewers in Britain and Belgium after global soccer governing body FIFA lost a legal challenge yesterday (17 February) against a European Commission decision to ensure free TV coverage of lucrative tournaments.

  • EU court case could herald TV sports rights revolution


    Broadcasters cannot prevent consumers in the UK from using cheaper foreign satellite TV equipment to watch Premier League football matches as this breaches EU law, an adviser to Europe's highest court said yesterday (3 February), paving the way for a potential revolution in the sale of media sports rights in Europe.


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