Tuesday 20 February 2018

Euro 2012 diary

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

RADIO double acts are a special breed, the kind of people who laugh at each other's jokes regardless of whether the audience find them amusing. Ireland's music stations are packed with wannabe comedians and it seems Poland's airwaves are the same.

But the joke could be over for Kuba Wojewodzki and Michal Figurski, the co-hosts of a show on commercial station Radio Eska. They crossed the line with 'satirical' comments in the aftermath of Ukraine's 2-1 win over Sweden at the beginning of Euro 2012. The Poles and Ukraines don't have a great relationship, and one of the themes is the Polish belief that Ukrainians flood their country prepared to work undesirable jobs.

After Andriy Shevchenko's brace secured victory, Wojewodzski told his listeners he was so disappointed that he "behaved like a true Pole and chucked out his Ukrainian." Figurski replied, stating it was a "good idea" and added that "out of spite, I won't pay her today."

The hilarious duo are now in trouble with Poland's broadcasting authority.

Football world mourns Mcdonald and roque

The bad news keeps coming. Over the past week, the joy of top football at the European Championships has been mixed with the tragic loss of several people from within the sport.

There was widespread shock over the weekend with the death of former Northern Ireland skipper Alan McDonald, from a heart attack. And then it emerged that ex-Liverpool player Miki Roque had lost his battle with pelvic cancer at just 23.

Roque, who died in Barcelona, had broken into the first team at Real Betis before he was diagnosed in March 2011.

Xabi Alonso, who knew Roque from their time together at Liverpool, was a source of support around that time, and was devastated to hear of his passing. He paid tribute to Roque yesterday.

"When I heard of the illness, it was a terrible blow," he said. "The news of his death came as a tragedy and a shock."

Cesc Fabregas added that the Spanish team are determined to deliver both for the memory of Roque and Manuel Preciado, who died before the tournament just as he was about to be unveiled as the new manager of Villarreal.

Quote of the day

"I'm far too removed from England to pass judgment. They have an excellent 'keeper, which hasn't necessarily been the case on previous occasions so it was all in their own hands. They were tragically unlucky and (Ashley) Young had a stinker with that penalty."

Just as German goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke appeared to be speaking in kind terms about England's exit from Euro 2012, he couldn't resist pointing out the sheer awfulness of Young's penalty miss.

3,000The weight in kilograms of the sporting kit that Spanish physio Antonio Guerra is looking after during Euro 2012. It's a good thing they're not flying Ryanair.

Daniel McDonnell

Irish Independent

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