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Thread started 06/08/12 3:49am

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Euro 2012 tournament: Let the racism begin

UEFA: There were racism taunts at Dutch training

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — UEFA has been informed that there was racist chanting at the Netherlands team training this week and said Friday it will take action if there is a repeat of such abuse.

"UEFA has now been made aware that there were some isolated incidents of racist chanting," UEFA said in a statement.

Netherlands captain Mark van Bommel has been quoted as complaining about racist chants at one end of the stadium during a training session that was open to the public on Wednesday. About 25,000 spectators attended the session.

"He has heard noises and by moving to the other side, we nipped it in the bud," the Dutch federation said Friday.

Netherlands teammate Ibrahim Afellay told De Telegraaf newspaper that the jeers had "saddened him." However, the Dutch federation said Thursday it did not file a complaint to UEFA.

The Dutch were training in Krakow before leaving to face Denmark in their Group B opener on Saturday at Kharkiv, Ukraine.

The training session came only hours after the team, which for decades has been a reflection of the multicultural makeup of the nation, had made solemn and emotional visits to the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps close to Krakow.

Racism has emerged as a key issue for the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

A recent British television documentary, entitled "Stadiums of Hate," fueled concerns about fans' behavior at club matches. The program was shown in Poland earlier this week and the issue dominated questions at the first news conference of UEFA President Michel Platini at the tournament.

Platini promised that referees will stop matches if players suffer racist abuse. But he also warned players they would be shown a yellow card if they acted alone by walking off the field.

"UEFA has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to discriminatory behavior and has given the power to referees to stop matches in case of any repeated racist behavior," UEFA said Friday.

The sole black player on the Czech Republic's team, Theodor Gebre Selassie, said he hoped racism wouldn't flare up in the stadiums.

"We don't know yet what the situation will be like at the stadiums," he said, adding that he would not walk off the field. "I'm not ready to give up. I definitely won't leave. I'll stay until they throw stones at me."

AP Sports Writer Raf Casert in Krakow and Associated Press writer Karel Janicek in Wroclaw contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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The tournament should have never been given to Poland and Ukraine in the first place.

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Reply #1 posted 06/08/12 3:52am

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Asian fans racially abused in Euro 2012 stadium

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18233736

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Reply #2 posted 06/08/12 4:52am

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The tournament hasn't started yet neutral

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Reply #3 posted 06/08/12 6:22am

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Theres been quite a lot of this in the news during the build up to the tournament. Black England players' families have decided to stay at home due to the scaremongering. It may be true, who knows. The Ukrainians have a pretty nasty streak on the football stands from what I understand.

Anyway, would be great to see players walking off the pitch in protest at racial abuse during a match. Then we will see how UEFA and FIFA react.

Looking forward to the tournament though. Germany, Holland or Spain to win it. England to go home after the second round.

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Reply #4 posted 06/11/12 3:42am

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The English media are fairly banging on about this, as if their own game was squeeky clean.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...n-16825874

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Reply #5 posted 06/11/12 4:47pm

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Lianachan said:

The English media are fairly banging on about this, as if their own game was squeeky clean.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...n-16825874

So do you think they should ignore the terrible racism filmed because they have the occasional problem back home?

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Reply #6 posted 06/12/12 1:07am

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SquirrelMeat said:

Lianachan said:

The English media are fairly banging on about this, as if their own game was squeeky clean.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...n-16825874

So do you think they should ignore the terrible racism filmed because they have the occasional problem back home?

Not at all, but it's the same for every event that's not staged in England.

Place X shouldn't have event Y for reason Z.

Here's a table of examples that immediately spring to mind:

X, Y, Z

Azerbaijan, Eurovision Song Contest, the "regime"

Poland/Ukraine, Euro 2012, racism

Qatar, World Cup 2022, bribery

etc, etc, etc.....

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[Edited 6/12/12 1:08am]

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Reply #7 posted 06/14/12 11:37am

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Lianachan said:

SquirrelMeat said:

So do you think they should ignore the terrible racism filmed because they have the occasional problem back home?

Not at all, but it's the same for every event that's not staged in England.

Place X shouldn't have event Y for reason Z.

Here's a table of examples that immediately spring to mind:

X, Y, Z

Azerbaijan, Eurovision Song Contest, the "regime"

Poland/Ukraine, Euro 2012, racism

Qatar, World Cup 2022, bribery

etc, etc, etc.....

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[Edited 6/12/12 1:08am]

Oh, I see what you mean.

Sure, we do come accross a bit holier than thou sometimes, but the bigger question is, is it morally correct to ignore those points?

Take the world cup for example. English moaning made us sound like sore losers, but the fact it, FIFA is corrupt to the core. Everyone knows it, but they ignore it. Nothing ever changes unless you take it on.

I'm more bothered about the blind eyes turned by nations that consider themselves beacons freedom or honesty, that the usual Brit bashing we recieve for being vocal about something that is clear to see.

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Reply #8 posted 06/14/12 11:44am

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The nonsense just never ends....................

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Reply #9 posted 06/14/12 12:30pm

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Graycap23 said:

The nonsense just never ends....................

What, this non U.S. stuff?.... biggrin

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Reply #10 posted 06/16/12 7:01am

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Finally the UEFA is taking action. Not that it will help much but at least they acknowledge the problem. And next time choose a country for the tournament where you know beforehand that this won't happen.

A steward holds a banana after picking it up off the pitch during the Group C match between Italy and Croatia. (Odd Andersen/AFP/GettyImages)

Croatia charged for racially abusing Mario Balotelli

UEFA has charged the Croatian football association with racism after receiving reports that fans made monkey chants at Italy forward Mario Balotelli.

UEFA says Croatia is charged with "improper conduct" of supporters, including "racist chants, racist symbols" at the European Championship game in Poznan on Thursday.

UEFA received reports from anti-discrimination monitors who reported that Croatia fans made monkey noises and displayed far-right nationalist flags.

The charge also relates to thrown fireworks that delayed the game.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case on Tuesday.

UEFA is also studying reports that a banana was thrown toward the field from a section of Croatia fans.

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