In the view of Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Hill, the 2024 European Football Championship in Germany could become a model for major sporting events in the future. “I am happy because it will be a home match for human rights. Standards are being set here against which new tournaments can also be measured,” the SPD politician said at a meeting on Monday in Frankfurt am Main. Above all, Hale sees the efforts made by the organizers regarding working conditions at the tournament as a “good sign.” On November 14, the European Forum’s specific ideas on the topic of human rights and sustainability will be presented with the Federal Government on a specific date. The Minister also stressed the importance of local European championships in times of many crises. “This great football festival can be a point that gives our country direction and hope,” said Hele, who compared the “Miracle of Bern” of the 1954 World Cup or the “Summer Fairy Tale” of 2006.
Championship director Philipp Lahm also stressed the chances of holding the European Championship in his country. The 2014 world champion said: “It is important that we have more cohesion again in Germany and in the whole of Europe. United in the heart of Europe, this is what we want to live in order to strengthen the cohesion in our society.” Celia Sasic, Vice President of the German Football Association, called for exploiting the European Championships to “bring the unified element back to the forefront.” Sasic said the tournament should not be viewed “as a purely sporting event. We are working for a new sense of unity.”
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