The Euro Zone



Never forget: WWII wreath

GERMAN FA president Wolfgang Niersbach laid a wreath yesterday at the Westerplatte memorial, site of Nazi Germany’s first attack on Poland which marked the start of the second World War in 1939.

The September 1st attack on the small peninsula at the coastal city of Gdansk was the beginning of Germany’s invasion of neighbouring Poland and the start of the six-year World War which claimed tens of millions of lives.

“This place tells the story of a terrible chapter of our history and is a warning that such a thing should never happen again,” said Niersbach, who was accompanied by his board. Germany play Greece in Gdansk tomorrow night in the tournament’s second quarter-final.

Croatia in the dock: Second racism charge for fans

THE CROATIAN football federation, fined €80,000 by Uefa on Tuesday for racist chanting by their fans at Euro 2012, faces further punishment after it was charged yesterday for the display of racist banners against Spain.

“Uefa has today opened disciplinary proceedings against the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) for the setting-off and throwing of fireworks, and the improper conduct of supporters (display of racist banners and symbols) at the Uefa Euro 2012 Group C match against Spain in Gdansk on Monday,” the governing body said in a statement.

The disciplinary case, Uefa said, also involves the “improper conduct” of the Croatian team after six of their players were booked in the 1-0 defeat which condemned them to a group stage exit.

Croatia were fined €80,000 after fans directed racist abuse at Italy striker Mario Balotelli and set off fireworks in Croatia’s second group game in Poznan on June 14th.

Merkel in: Greeks out?

CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel will fly to Poland to watch Germany face Greece tomorrow in the Euro 2012 quarter-final, throwing sports onto the agenda as euro leaders struggle to tackle the debt crisis.

A four-way summit in Rome tomorrow with Merkel, French president François Hollande, Italian prime minister Mario Monti and Spain’s premier, Mariano Rajoy, was rescheduled for the early afternoon.

That allows Merkel to travel to the Baltic port city of Gdansk to watch the game in the evening and, possibly, to meet with Greece’s incoming leader, Antonis Samaras. Samaras was sworn in yesterday as prime minister of Greece’s new governing coalition.

Delete: watchdog rules out Wilshere and Rooney tweets

ENGLAND footballers Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilsher have been forced to delete postings to Twitter after the UK’s advertising watchdog found they failed to declare their sponsorship by US-based company Nike.

The complaint is the first to be upheld against Twitter activity by advertisers since the Advertising Standards Authority assumed new powers to regulate social media last year.

Both the footballers’ tweets were posted in January, highlighting the challenge for regulators to respond quickly to a fast-paced medium such as Twitter.

Rooney told his millions of followers: “My resolution - to start the year as a champion, and finish it as a champion.. #makeitcount.gonike. me/makeitcount.”

The tweet by Wilshere read:

“In 2012, I will come back for my club - and be ready for my country #makeitcount.”

The ASA upheld the unidentified complaint, arguing:

“We considered there was nothing obvious in the tweets to indicate they were Nike marketing communications.”