June 24, 2012
Are 'moles' affecting teams at Euro?
By MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency
WARSAW - Hunting for moles has become a favourite pastime at Euro 2012.
Moles are these little creatures that live underground. They have small ears and small eyes. There are plenty of them in Poland and Ukraine. Some teams even have them as mascots.
But we're not talking about the animals that dig up worms for sustenance, but ones with two legs that walk upright. Those moles are human and they leak information to the media about the goings on inside a dressing room. It may be that somehow the press has found out about a disagreement between players and coach or someone has leaked to the press information prior to the match regarding lineups.
Molegate took on a life of its own just after the Netherlands were eliminated from Euro having lost all three games.
Wesley Schneider, one of the Dutch superstars, indicated there was a mole inside their dressing room because their opponents always seemed to know how the Dutch were going to play and what formation they would come out with.
Even now, the search for the mole continues in Holland after the Dutch elimination. Blaming the mole seems a little disingenuous considering the Dutch played like they had small ears and small eyes.
The latest mole hunt comes out of the German camp.
German coach Joachim Low made several changes before the Germany-Greece quarterfinal Friday. Early in the day a story broke that revealed the starting lineup. It had happened several times before.
Low said he didn't believe it was a player but could be someone a player talks to when they know they are going to start.
"Everyone should be aware that it is normal for a player to tell his wife, girlfriend or agent whether they will play once they find out but you cannot reveal the lineup. You cannot do that," said German back Philipp Lahm. "It is sad when this thing comes out. The whole nation is behind us and it is not an advantage when it is leaked hours before. The one who released it has a problem. He has not understood how this works. But we will not deploy a spy."
A mole attempted to do the same thing to England at their training camp in Poland earlier in the week. As the players were practicing, they spotted a mole observing them.
This one was caught by a security guard. After being interrogated it was determined the mole knew nothing and was not the same mole who did in the Dutch and is leaking information about the Germans.
He was released back into the wild.