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Absolute Radio gets Euro 2012 rights

Absolute Radio is to broadcast live commentaries on the England and Ireland matches at next month’s Euro 2012 football tournament.

10 matches from Poland and Ukraine will air on the national station, with Ian Wright also doing a show every teatime during the month-long event.

Jim Proudfoot will commentate live on six matches from the group stage featuring England and the Republic of Ireland, plus two quarter finals, one semi-final and the final.

Former England and Arsenal striker Wright will be on from 5pm each day, with Russ Williams and Perry Groves on from 7pm in the evenings too.

Wrighty has made a video for the station with him reading the Rudyard Kipling poem ‘If’ to rouse fans ahead of the tournament starting next week.

The coverage will run on Absolute Radio’s FM frequency in London and Medium Wave frequencies nationwide as well as via digital platforms. The station’s first game will be Ireland v Croatia on 10th June, followed by England v France the next day.

“Absolute Radio broadcasting England and Ireland UEFA EURO 2012 matches across the network with the introduction of FM will take Rock ‘N’ Roll football to new heights this summer,” said Paul Sylvester – Absolute Radio’s Head of Presentation. “Wrighty’s been there, he’s done it and he knows what the players will be going through. He’ll have an amazing insight and will give his views in his brilliantly unique way.”

talkSPORT and BBC Radio 5 live both have commentary rights deals to broadcast full coverage of all 31 matches at the Euro 2012 tournament.

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