Poland Calls Out Ukraine Over Tymoshenko
Poland’s president is urging Ukraine to scrap the law that landed Yulia Tymoshenko behind bars before the international backlash over her treatment tarnishes Euro 2012.
“In my view, this would not have happened if outdated regulations that contradict European standards by allowing prison sentencing for political decisions were phased out in time,” Bronislaw Komorowski was quoted by Reuters.
“That’s why I appeal to the Ukrainian authorities and all Ukrainian political powers.”
Tymoshenko, 51, is six months into a seven-year jail sentence for alleged abuse of office while prime minister of Ukraine.
Photos also surfaced late last month showing Tymoshenko covered in bruises she claims were caused by her prison guards, prompting European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso to turn down an invitation to the July 1 final in Kiev.
German chancellor Angela Merkel is also reportedly considering a boycott if Tymoshenko’s treatment does not improve, as are Dutch government officials and the royal family.
According to Tymoshenko’s daughter Yevgenia, she was transferred to a hospital on Wednesday and will end her self-imposed weeks-long hunger strike.
Italian FA Widens Fixing Probe
Serie A clubs Atalanta, Novara and Siena are among 22 teams added to the Italian football federation’s year-long match-fixing investigation.
According to an AP report, AlbinoLeffe, Ancona, Ascoli, Avesa, Cremonese, Empoli, Frosinone, Grosseto, Livorno, Modena, Monza, Padova, Pescara, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggina, Rimini, Sampdoria and Spezia were named Wednesday as well.
A total of 61 people and 33 mostly Serie B matches are also included in this latest round of a probe dating back to June 2011 and believed to involve tampering by Naples-based mafia and Singapore bookmakers.
The sting comes just months after so-called “table of peace” talks between the Italian football federation and the heads of Serie A giants Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Napoli and Fiorentina ended without resolution. The gathering had been seen as a chance to curb tensions stemming from Calciopoli, the infamous 2006 match-fixing scandal that saw Juventus stripped of two league titles and its front office banned from football for life earlier this year.
The allegations also follow recent warnings by UEFA president Michel Platini and FIFA boss Sepp Blatter on the dangers illegal and irregular betting pose to world football – and a $29 million partnership between FIFA and Interpol to combat the problem.
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