2016年07月08日

European Championship

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 08.07.16: French papers are ecstatic about beating Germany 2-0 in the Euro Cup semi-final last night. Striker Antoine Griezman is applauded as the hero of the night. Les Bleus will now take on Portugal in the Euro Cup final on Sunday in Paris.

France 24, Latest update : 2016-07-08
France beats Germany: 'Pure ecstasy'!
http://www.france24.com/en/20160708-france-germany-semi-final-victory-les-bleus-antoine-griezman-euro-cup

It’s all over! England have been eliminated from Euro 2016 by Iceland. For the second time in a week, England suffer an ignominious exit from Europe. They’ve been awful tonight and thoroughly deserved to lose. Hats off to Iceland, though. They’re a limited team, but played to their own strengths and thoroughly deserved their win.

The Guardian, Published: 28 Jun 2016 21:52
England 1-2 Iceland
https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2016/jun/27/england-v-iceland-euro-2016-live

PARIS − Yes, it is cute but, no, it is not safe.

UEFA explained Tuesday why it does not want players' children to join in post-match celebrations at the European Championship.

The scenes of toddlers in full Wales kit joining their dads on the pitch after another Euro 2016 win has added to the surprise semifinalist's feel-good story and delighted spectators.

However, UEFA has asked for no more on-field family scenes when Wales plays Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday.

"It is a European Championship not a family party," UEFA's tournament director Martin Kallen said at a briefing.

"A stadium is not the most safe place for small kids," Kallen said. There could be problems if fans invaded the field, and stadium staff operating machinery on the playing surface could also be an issue.

Among the most vivid and defining images of Euro 2016 was Wales star Gareth Bale laughing and chasing his three-year-old daughter, Alba Violet, across the Parc des Princes pitch in Paris after a 1-0 win against Northern Ireland in the round of 16.

"To be able to share it with my daughter and my family was emotional for me," Bale said later. "Obviously I haven't seen them for four or five weeks now. It's an amazing experience, one I'll never forget."

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff sided with UEFA, saying: "For me it's a bit too much at times. I think the notion that you take to the pitch as a team and stay as a team is not wrong.

"The circle (of team associates) is always getting bigger and it reaches a stage where you can't miss it. From that point of view, I can understand such a decision or suggestion from UEFA," said Bierhoff.

After stunning Belgium in the quarterfinals last Saturday, an entire team's worth of Welsh players' children had a kickabout in the goalmouth in front of the Wales fans in the stadium at Lille.

"It is nice pictures," Kallen acknowledged. "We are not 100 percent against it but we are cautious."

UEFA's request to the Wales football federation was first reported on Monday by The Associated Press.

The Wales team is following a recent football tradition of players celebrating with their children, especially after cup finals. In France, the children of several team players, including from Portugal and Croatia, have appeared on the pitch.

"It is getting more and more a habit that entire family members would like to go on the pitch or into the technical area," Kallen said. "The principle is how far you go with having other people on the pitch than the players. People with accreditation cards should be on the pitch and not more."

Kallen said UEFA has a responsibility to identify risk and ensure safety inside stadiums.

"Small kids of five, six years − if something happened, what do you do afterwards? What do you say?" he said. "From our side there should be a certain order."


The New York Times, Published: JULY 5, 2016, 6:00 A.M. E.D.T.
UEFA Asks Players to Keep Their Children Off the Grass
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/05/sports/soccer/ap-soc-euro-2016-wales-keep-off-the-grass.html?_r=0


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