FIFA chief: Politics should not influence Euro 2012 hosting

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May. 26, 2012 14:35
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FIFA President Joseph Blatter addresses the second day session of the 62nd FIFA Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, May 25, 2012.
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Budapest - FIFA President Joseph Blatter on Friday, May 25 urged not to raise political issues in connection with the Euro 2012 European football championship which is held this summer in Poland and Ukraine, the EFE agency has reported.
Political issues should not influence the organization of sports events as a whole and football matches, in particular. Football should unite people, not estrange them, he said in Budapest.

The EFE agency said that Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban speaking at the FIFA congress organized in his country supported the idea.

"Football and other sports aimed at uniting people. It's unlikely that boycott [of Euro 2012] will allow achieving the goal," he said.

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