For those who don’t enjoy football, the championship means dozens of closed-off roads, concentration camp-like fences in downtown Kyiv, logistical nightmares and crowds of rowdy football fans all around.
“There is too much noise and mess around Euro 2012 in Ukraine and even if you do not want to participate you have almost no chances to stay away,” says biologist Anna Lyubunya. She says the only way for her to survive is to leave Ukraine: “I am off to Bulgaria with a friend in a couple of days and hope to come back when Ukraine becomes Ukraine again,” Lyubunya says.
Some tourist agencies have launched special products that cater to football refugees, offering trips for the duration of Euro 2012. These tours are cheaper during this time, another reason for their popularity.