Euro 2000 PAL copy protected?

I heard from more than 1 side that a backup of Euro 2000 (EA Sports, for PSX, PAL version) hangs after playing 2 games.
Is this a bug in the game or is it the copy protection coming in (like in medievil, game plays fine in the beginning but locks up after a few levels) ?
I can’t find the PPF file for it on respected psx patch sites so I guess no ppf exists ?