Portugal's austerity fears taken for a ride by national team's Euro 2012 arrangements


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The Portuguese Football Federation yesterday hit back at complaints that the squad's arrangements for Euro 2012 are too lavish for the austerity-hit country.

Critics said the team's base, a spa hotel in Opalenica, is too expensive and took exception to a farewell parade round the town of Obidos in horse-drawn carriages.

"We went by carriage, as in 2004, as the players are always asked for autographs," said a Federation official. "We bid farewell to the public, to children. That's something the national team should do."