SPORTS

Soccer federation head promises Greek respite

WARSAW – With the financial crisis causing a surge in unemployment and poverty, Greece’s national soccer team is looking to provide some respite from the problems back home.

Greek football association president Sofoklis Pilavios told The Associated Press that the squad in Poland for the European Championship had learned to ignore other difficulties and concentrate on their game ? in a year that saw Greece sink into financial and political turmoil and domestic football hit by bribery scandals.

Pilavios says «the Greek team has always learned to separate itself from the club level. … They have learned to play differently and I think they will make all the Greeks happy … (giving them) joy, pride and strength.”

[AP]