Prince Willem-Alexander, Dutch prime minister to boycott Euro 2012
Friday 08 June 2012
Prime minister Mark Rutte and crown prince Willem-Alexander will not attend Dutch matches at the Euro 2012 football championships in Ukraine, sources have told RTL news.
In addition, the cabinet will decide today if sports minister Edith Schippers should also boycott the event in protest at the treatment of opposition leader Yulia Tymoschenko.
Tymoschenko, who played a key role in the Orange Revolution in 2004, is serving a seven year jail sentence for corruption. She says her imprisonment is an act of political revenge by Ukraine's president Viktor Yanukovych and claims she has been mistreated by prison guards.
On Thursday, British government ministers said they will boycott England's group games in protest at the 'selective justice' meted out to Tymoschenko. France has already agreed a boycott and Germany is considering doing so, RTL said.
The Netherlands open their Euro 2012 campaign on Saturday against Denmark.
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