Monday, May 28, 2012

STAY AT HOME FOR YOUR SAFETY: SOL CAPBELL WARNS ENGLISH FANS NOT TO TRAVEL TOUKRAINE AND POLAND FOR EURO 2012


Sol Campbell has warned England fans not to travel to Euro 2012 because they ‘could end up coming back in a coffin’.

The former Arsenal and Tottenham defender believes visiting Poland or Ukraine is too much of a risk owing to the threat of violence and racism.

Campbell, who won 73 caps for England, has insisted UEFA were wrong to award such a prestigious tournament to the two countries.

The 37-year-old told the BBC’s Panorama: ‘Stay at home, watch it on TV. Don’t even risk it ... because you could end up coming back in a coffin. I think they were wrong (to award Euro 2012 to Poland and Ukraine), because what they should say is that if you want this tournament you sort your problems out.

The BBC documentary, to be screened on Monday, shows fans giving Nazi salutes, taunting black players with monkey noises, anti-Semitic chants and a group of Asian students being attacked at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, which will host three group matches.

The families of several black players, such as Theo Walcott, Joleon Lescott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, have no plans to go, citing concerns about possible racist abuse.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s father, former England international Mark Chamberlain, told Sky Sports News: ‘There have been reports of racist taunts and threats so it’s just prudent for myself to keep away from it.’

Courtesy of DAILYMAIL

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