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More royalty turns up to attend Euro 2024

Cologne, June 23: Euro 2024 is becoming a very regal affair after the king and queen of Belgium became the latest royals to attend the soccer tournament in Germany.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were in the crowd for Belgium’s group game against Romania on Saturday. They were joined by Prince Emmanuel and Prince Gabriel.
On Thursday, it was the future king of England, Prince William, and Denmark’s King Frederik X who were in attendance and shook hands ahead of their respective nations’ 1-1 draw in Frankfurt.On the same day, King Felipe VI of Spain watched his national team beat Italy 1-0.King Philippe and the princes all wore dark suits, while Queen Mathilde wore a red dress. All had Belgium scarves draped over their shoulders.They didn’t have to wait long to see their team score after Youri Tielemans’ goal in the second minute. As Euro 2024 progresses, it’s clear that the allure of the beautiful game extends beyond commoners, drawing royalty from across Europe into the stands. The presence of these regal spectators adds a touch of grandeur to an already thrilling tournament, showcasing soccer’s universal appeal and ability to unite diverse individuals under the banner of sport. (AP)

UEFA increases security after selfie-takers pursue Ronaldo

Frankfurt, June 23: Security will be increased field-side to stop fans getting to players at the European Championship after the problem peaked when at least six fans tried to get selfie photos with Cristiano Ronaldo.
UEFA said Sunday “additional safety measures will be deployed” in the 10 stadiums in Germany, though no details were revealed of the updated plan to stop intruders who face criminal prosecution.“Any incursion onto the pitch constitutes a breach of the stadium rules and will result in expulsion from the stadium, a ban from all tournament matches and the filing of a formal criminal complaint for trespass,” UEFA said.Four fans pursuing Ronaldo got on the field Saturday during Portugal’s 3-0 win over Turkey and more tried after the game ended in Dortmund.Though the field invaders seemed to want just a photo, the tournament security plan also aims to protect players from harm. (AP)


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