(WFI) Polish police are yet to update a proposed database of hooligans barred from attending Euro 2012, now just two months away. 

Euro 2012 kicks off June 8 at Warsaw National Stadium. (Getty Images)
“There’s no functioning list in Poland of individuals hit by stadium bans abroad, because the police have been too slow in setting it up,” Jacek Jezierski, head of Poland’s National Audit Chamber was quoted by AFP.

“To date, there haven’t been any agreements with foreign partners and there aren’t any legal norms for this.

“This could hamper police efforts to ensure security at Euro 2012, both inside the stadiums and out.”

UEFA regulations prohibit any fan punished with a stadium ban – whether domestic or international – from entering tournament grounds throughout the month-long finals in Poland and the Ukraine.

Eight cities, four in each host nation, are staging the month-long competition.

According to the audit office, compiling records of banned citizens is taking much longer than expected. 
Letters sent via post from one Warsaw court took between 12 to 50 days to arrive, said the report, and the process of uploading information onto the national database is also suffering from delays of as many as 47 days.
The database is part of a raft of anti-hooligan legislation passed by Poland in time for Euro 2012, set to kickoff June 8 in Warsaw.
Other proposals include lengthier sentences for bomb-hoaxers and a trial-by-teleconference system to try offenders at the stadiums instead of within the courtroom.

Euro 2012 Rights Awarded Throughout Asia, Oceania


A renewal with China’s CCTV headlines a spate of Euro 2012 media rights deals for Asia and Oceania announced by UEFA.

CCTV will broadcast 27 matches live and free-to-air on CCTV-5, a channel that reaches 360 million households throughout the country.

Those matches will also be simulcast on CCTV’s internet and mobile portals.
Additional support programs and daily highlights will round out China’s coverage of the
European finals.
“We are very excited to renew our relationship with CCTV following on from our successful partnership in 2008,” said a statement from UEFA.
“We look forward to working with them again to bring all the excitement of UEFA EURO 2012 to football fans in China.”
Elsewhere in Asia, Solar Entertainment gets exclusive pay TV rights in the Philippines; Mongolia’s TV9 will broadcast 27 matches live on pay TV with ETV delivering free-to-air coverage of all 31 matches; Vietnamese public broadcaster VTV will carry all 31 matches live and free-to-air; and IB Sports will show all 31 matches on pay channel IPSN as well as a minimum of 8 matches for free.
In Australia, Setanta Sports secured pay TV rights with free-to-air coverage going to SBS. 
Fiji TV will do the honors for Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.
All deals were brokered by SPORTFIVE, the UEFA’s exclusive sales agency for Euro 2012 rights in Asia and Oceania.

By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson


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