A special rule causes discontent before the European Football Championship

A special rule causes discontent before the European Football Championship

The European Commission party in Germany is just around the corner. While we are here in Norway, joint showings of the matches will be arranged at Kontraskjæret in Oslo, and Danish channel DR and TV 2 have chosen a slightly different solution.

– They are trying to kill the football party, says Kjeld Hansen, owner of the Rondelen café in Nørrebro, Copenhagen.

He is one of many people who planned to showcase the European football championship at his bar in the Danish capital.

It may be difficult.

This is what the situation looked like in Copenhagen when Denmark reached the quarter-finals of the European Championship three years ago:

The full party: It all started in Copenhagen when the Danes reached the quarter-finals of the European Championship. Video: NTB
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Danish BT writes These new guidelines state that DR – the Danish national broadcaster – and TV 2 do not allow outdoor events, which are closer than five kilometers as the crow flies from DR or TV 2's big screen event, to show the matches.

Hansen in “Café Runddelen” angry:

– I think it's ugly. The Doctor is to meet. We pay the license fee, and then they decide we can't show football because we're more than five kilometers closer to somewhere? It was your money and my money that helped pay for the rights, he growled.

Chaos in Copenhagen: – Hanging from lampposts


DR Director, Anders Kern Boje, points to the agreement with the European Union which, according to him, stipulates that they must have control over all external events that show the European Commission.

– We are in dialogue with the events of the big screen, and we did not hear that anyone in Aarhus said anything about the demand. He says there is no one we told no to.

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Danske TV 2 will have a large display at the harbor in Aarhus, while DR will host in Copenhagen.

My car is loaded with Danes: It actually set off in Denmark when the Danes beat Wales in the European Championship in 2021. Photograph: Hannah Mackay/Reuters/NTB

My car is loaded with Danes: It actually set off in Denmark when the Danes beat Wales in the European Championship in 2021. Photograph: Hannah Mackay/Reuters/NTB
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Gitte Desideriussen, owner of “Lumskebuksen and Frederiksberg Rådhuskälder”, wears armor.

-I think it's disgusting, ridiculous and vulgar. Five kilometers? So, sharpen your mind now, she tells BT and continues:

– Ultimately, we're not stealing any guests from their big-screen event, which will definitely sell out in five minutes. So why should they stop the rest of us?

Whether watching on a big screen or not, the Danes can anyway be happy with what Kasper Hjolmand and company are doing. EC will play in Germany. Denmark is in Group C and will face Slovenia, England and Serbia.

On June 8, they will face Norway in a special international match.

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