How John Terry Helped Spark Ukraine's Political Crisis

LONDON, England -- The political crisis gripping Ukraine was sparked by a complex series of factors: power, politics and, according to the country's president, John Terry's left foot.

Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's president, remains furious over his country's disallowed goal against England.

Viktor Yanukovych, the embattled Ukrainian leader, included his country's disallowed goal against England in Euro 2012 in a marathon list of grievances he held against the European Union.

The controversial call - where referees decided Terry had cleared the ball even though it had looked to have crossed the line - ended Ukraine's hopes of winning its first home Euro tournament.

Mr Yanukovych said the goal was one reason for his resentment of the EU and his resistance to meeting the demands of millions of protesters on the streets of Kiev calling for faster integration wit Europe.

The president made the strange connection between football and politics during a 70-minute rant delivered to two visiting US senators.

Chris Murphy, a Connecticut senator used to long-winded addresses by colleagues, described Mr Yanukovych's speech as "the longest monologue to which I have ever borne witness".

"He opens by restating his commitment to joining the EU, but spends most of the speech listing the slight he feels Europe has lodged against him and his country," Mr Murphy wrote in a description of his trip.

"At one point he spends more than a few minutes talking about a disallowed goal by Ukraine in a 2012 Euro Cup match against England."

Ukraine has long been divided between those in favour of moving closer to Europe and those who want to retain the country's traditional links with Russia.

Although seen as close to the Kremlin, Mr Yanukovych has said he will eventually lead his country into the EU when conditions are right.

His promises have not enough to placate the demonstrators, thousands of whom gathered outside his private home on Sunday to demand to his resignation.

His anger over the Euro 2012 decision - made by UEFA referees who have no link to the European Union - was shared at the time by many Ukrainians who felt they had been humiliated during their first ever hosting of the tournament.

England fans point out that Artem Milevskiy, the Ukrainian striker, appeared to have been offside before the goal and that England had been denied a similar goal against Germany in the World Cup two years earlier.

Source: The Telegraph


Is this thuggish president so immature (and stupid) as to raise a controversial referee's call from 2012 as an issue in not entering into trade agreements with the EU? To actually express these infantile emotions to foreign dignitaries is simply unbelievable.

Ukraine, rid yourself of this man!!