Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Germany

Lahm joins critics on Euro co-hosts



Germany captain Philipp Lahm joined the critics on the government of Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland for their treatment of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and called on Europe's football body Uefa to speak out as well.

Lahm told Der Spiegel news magazine that the treatment of Tymoshenko "has nothing to do with my idea of democracy.

"I do not find my views of fundamental democratic rights, human rights, personal freedom and freedom of press in the present political situation in Ukraine," Lahm said.

Lahm said it is inevitable that the political aspect will overshadow the championships Ukraine and Poland host from June 8 until July 1.

The opposition leader Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison in October on charges of abuse of power. She started a hunger strike two weeks ago after saying she was beaten by prison guards and is suffering from a long standing back injury.

Ukraine's government has allowed her to be treated by German doctors next week.

Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych has is under growing political pressure over the Tymoshenko issue, with several European Union governments threatening to boycott Euro 2012 games in Ukraine. Germany are among the teams which play all group games in Ukraine.

Lahm urged the ruling body Uefa and their president Michel Platini to apply pressure as well.

"I think he should take a stand. I am curious what he will have to say," Lahm said.

Germany are among the title favourites and Lahm left it open whether he would shake hands with Yanukovych at the victory ceremony if Germany reached the final to be played in Kiev.

"I would have to consider that carefully. But as far as I know the victory ceremony is conducted by Uefa people only," Lahm said.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

UEFA Champions League - Play-Off 2nd Leg: Arsenal v Besiktas
Wed, 27 Aug @ 05:00
Thu, 28 Aug @ 01:00
Thu, 28 Aug @ 09:30

Sports Talk



Sunday Oliseh
Man U need more than an 'Angel'
Just two games into the English Premier League and Manchester United are five points (synonymous to...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Good signs for the Reds despite loss
A brace from Stevan Jovetic and a Sergio Aguero stunner ensured that Manchester City took all three...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Confidence vital for Man United
A lot has been said about what Louis van Gaal has to do to get Manchester United back to the level...

John Dykes
Why always drama?
We’ve already got Crystal Palace in apparent full-scale crisis while Paul Scholes is warning...

Neil Tovey
Bossing the big time
“In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals" - Charles Darwin

Segun Odegbami
Chelsea leads the pack
It is the morning after. I am counting the number of the victors and the vanquished.