European Championship: Bibles and Crosses Forbidden

Country: European Institutions (EU, ECHR,

Date of incident: March 23, 2012

The 14th edition of the European Championship Euro 2012, organized by the European Union of Football Associations (UEFA), will take place from June 8th to July 1st, 2012 in Poland and in the Ukraine. The leaders of the Polish Football Association have indicated the certain objects that will be forbidden to spectators in stadiums. Among these objects, crosses and Bibles are stated as part of the category of "racist and xenophobic materials, based on political and religious propaganda."

MP Anna Sobecka denounced this matter and addressed the Polish Minister of Sports to obtain the abolition of these discriminatory bans giving "the impression that Catholicism is in the line of sight" of the authorities.

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