Toxic Euro 2012 shirts should be banned
Are you looking forward to the Euro 2012 championships? England are probably going to be knocked out in the group stages, which means we can all crack on with enjoying the rest of the tournament without much stress. Unless, of course, you decide to support one of the other teams (or indeed, already support one of the other nations) and you buy yourself a toxic shirt.
That's right! If you buy a jersey to support your favourite team, you could be risking your health, according to Europe's consumer watchdog. The jersey of co-host Poland is so bad that the BEUC think they should be banned.
There has been research into the chemicals used in the official team strips in Poland, Spain, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, France, Holland and Portugal and all nine replica shirts contained "worrying" levels of chemicals. Lead was found in the tops of Spain, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, France and Italy, with the Spanish and German kits exceeding the legal level for children's products.
A BEUC statement said: "Host country Poland's shirt should be banned outright from shops as it contains an organotin compound, used to prevent sweat odour, in higher doses than the legal limit. Organotin can be toxic to the nervous system."
BEUC director-general Monique Goyens said: "Football fans pay up to 90 euros (£73) for the shirt of their favourite team. The least they should expect is to have a quality and safe product. It is inexplicable that heavy metals are used in mass consumer products. It is clearly foul play by manufacturers to use substances harmful to both people and the environment. Our members' test results are a sad reminder that Europe's chemicals legislation is unfit for the purpose of banning dangerous substances from consumer products."
Maybe that's why footballers keeping whipping their tops off when they score a goal? Their skin's on fire!