Swiss won't ignore Euro 2008 after elimination
Ruling body UEFA and Swiss sports minister assure that Switzerland will remain good hosts.13 June 2008
VIENNA - The Swiss won't turn their back on Euro 2008 after their team was eliminated, the ruling body UEFA said on Thursday.
The UEFA spokesman William Gaillard told a news conference that the Swiss fans will now support other teams at the tournament which continues until 29 June in Switzerland and Austria.
"Of course it is nice if the host team goes a long way in the tournament. But that's football. We are not in Hollywood. A happy end is not part of the planning," said .
Switzerland crashed out just five days into the tournament when it lost 2-1 against Turkey on Wednesday night.
Swiss sports minister Samuel Schmid said his country will remain good hosts.
"Euro hasn't ended. We continue with the last game and I am sure we will see plenty of interesting matches," he told Swiss radio.
UEFA announced good figures for the fan zones with some 75,000 in Geneva following Portugal's 3-1 over the Czech Republic and almost 50,000 in Basle the Swiss defeat.
However, there have also been problems with the fan zones in both host nations with Austrians halving the beer price in Vienna and vendors in Klagenfurt paying a smaller fee after protests.
In Switzerland, the Migros company sent 80 of its 300 part-time staff home due to slow business and also closed several of its stalls on Thursday.
A company spokesman named bad weather, unfriendly security personnel and a poor programme for visitors as the main reason for some low turnout of fans - expecting the numbers to drop further now that the Swiss are eliminated.
[dpa / Expatica]