Platini soothes growing Togel pains of Ukraine

 

 

Michel Platini has said he is at last confident Ukraine can host Euro 2012.

Euro 2012.

Euro 2012

After several ‘last chance’ warnings over the past three years, the Togel UEFA boss can tear a few fewer hairs out now the four stadia do seem to be on track for next summer.

 

“A year ago, we were deciding whether to leave four or two cities,” Platini told reporters on a tour of Kharkiv. “And today we have four cities.”

 

“There are no serious problems in preparing for Euro 2012,” he continued, “but there are many minor tasks and problems that need to be solved.”

 

For Platini, a successful Euro 2012 is crucial to his reputation as an organiser of big soccer tournaments as he continues his silent campaign for the FIFA Presidency at some point in the future.

 

The Frenchman has found the two hosts’ lack of infrastructure and slow construction progress compared to western European nations an ongoing headache, and has constantly had to threaten them with being stripped of hosting rights. Spain was the first nation touted as a replacement back in 2008, when World Soccer’s Keir Radnedge boldly announced neither Poland nor Ukraine would host Euro 2012.

 

Then Germany entered the picture, either as sole host or as joint organiser with Poland. Now it is clear UEFA is not turning back and is throwing its cards on the table with the two unknown East European hosts. By rights the tournament should have been Italy’s, but the calciopoli scandal and an upsurge in high-profile hooliganism let the duo in through the back door.

 

It promises to be a unique European Championship, a foretaste perhaps of the 2018 World Cup in neighbouring Russia.

 

The cheap transport promised to fans facing extraordinarily long journeys between venues (Gdansk to Donetsk is 933 miles/1502km) yet to materialise.

 

Next month Platini visits Poland to inspect their venues, with the opening date of Warsaw’s new arena still up in the air.

 

(c) Sean O’Conor & Soccerphile

 

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Togel Barney Frank’s anti UIGEA bill faces rough passage

 

 

 

 

The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Barney Frank, plans to introduce his next bid to overturn the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act this month (April), but he will not be resorting to the subterfuges adopted by UIGEA’s founders in getting the bill through.

 

In 2006 the UIGEA was pushed through a late night session of the 109th Congress on the eve of an electoral recess and attached to the totally unrelated and must-pass Safe Ports security bill.

 

The Washington publication The Hill reports that Frank intends to introduce his legislation as a standalone bill and will not seek to add it to must-pass legislation. This could mean that it will be much more difficult for his measure to emerge from Congress.

 

Frank told The Hill that he would not emulate the Republicans’ tactics in passing the UIGEA, saying it is unclear whether the gambling ban would have become law if it had been forced to stand on its own merits.

 

He said it would be “inappropriate” to follow the Republican example.

 

“That is not my intention. It would be a mistake,” Frank told The Hill. “I want to do this with hearings, discussions and votes.”

 

Frank first introduced the bill last Congress in April 2007. It garnered 48 co-sponsors but was not able to move out of committee and earn a floor vote in the House.

 

Frank said he would reintroduce the bill soon. “After the break, definitely in April,” the chairman said. Congress returns from the Easter recess during the week of April 20, which would leave the Massachusetts Democrat a little under two weeks to introduce the bill this month.

 

Frank’s bill would remove the ban on Internet gambling, which Republicans fought hard to institute after heavy lobbying from conservative Christian groups when they controlled Capitol Hill. His legislation would regulate the practice as well as tax it, providing new revenues for the federal government.

 

According to a Togel study by the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, taxing Internet gambling could produce as much as …