Apr 24, 2007

Sour Grapes

From CNN: Croatia and Hungary will this week demand compensation from UEFA to cover the costs of their failed bid to host Euro 2012, the Croatian FA said on Tuesday. Local media reported that as much as two million euros ($2.71 million), which is roughly the sum Hungary and Croatia invested in the bid, could be sought. The 2012 European Championship was last week awarded to Poland and Ukraine instead of Italy or the joint Croatia-Hungary bid, which many observers saw as a major surprise. Croatian FA President Vlatko Markovic said he held a meeting with UEFA President Michel Platini on Monday and expressed his disappointment with the outcome of the bid.

"Money is important but what matters more is our reputation," Markovic said.

Croatia and Hungary's joint bid did not receive a single vote.

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