Bloomberg: Soccer boycott could kick Ukraine toward reform

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May 11, 2012, 7:53 a.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Kyiv Post

A picture taken on July 3, 2008 shows Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko passing behing football's governing body UEFA chief Michel Platini prior their talks in Kiev

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If war is a continuation of politics by other means, then so is soccer. That’s why European Union leaders are right to use the “beautiful game” to pressure an ugly regime in Ukraine. Those who say it’s a mistake, and that the EU should speak softly to avoid pushing President Viktor Yanukovych into Russia’s arms, are getting him wrong.

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