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SBD Global/June 14, 2012/International Football
UEFA Slaps Fine On Russian Football For Fan Violence At Euro 2012
Published June 14, 2012
PITCH PROBLEM: In London, the GUARDIAN's Sid Lowe reported that Spain's players and coaching staff "criticised the fact that the pitch was dry and the grass long" during the Italy game, "slowing the surface and making it harder to pass the ball." The Spanish federation "complained to UEFA." Italian Federation VP Demetrio Albertini admitted that he "had refused a request to have the pitch watered" just before kick‑off, which is "in line with UEFA rules." Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina said, "They've got to do something about the state of the pitch if they want the quality of the game to be better. For the sake of the game, I hope it is better" (GUARDIAN, 6/12).
THAILAND TURN DOWN: In Thailand, UEFA has "turned down" media conglomerate GMM Grammy's request to allow pay-television provider TrueVisions to gain access to the signal of Euro 2012 matches. UEFA Media Rights Manager Ian Wilson explained in a letter to GMM Grammy that the sub-licensing request "had come too late" because the tournament had already started. The letter read, "TrueVisions cannot transmit any Euro 2012 programmes because it is not owned by or affiliated with Grammy" (BANGKOCK POST, 6/13).