Posted on Jun 22
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's features switched from a smile to a frown on Friday as she was heckled by Greek fans during the two nations' politically-charged Euro 2012 quarter-final here.
Sitting chatting to UEFA president Michel Platini, Merkel appeared relaxed until the stadium camera at the Gdansk Arena showed her on the big screen and a wave of whistling and booing erupted in the Greek end.
She broke off from her discussion with the European football leader, glanced downwards and her expression changed to a glum one.
Merkel had been widely expected to come in for catcalls from Greek fans, as the eurozone crisis gives the match an extra edge,
She is maintaining the pressure on Greece to toughen its austerity measures in return for continued financial assistance to the indebted, cash-strapped nation.
While players from both teams have moved to play down the political aspect of a match pitting Europe's most troubled economy against its effective paymaster, the media in both countries have cranked up the pressure.