Euro 2012 cities to step up policing of racism

2012-06-11 13:31

Warsaw – Uefa has asked Polish and Ukrainian cities to send police to help prevent any further racist abuse at European Championship team training.

The request, which also calls for offenders to be prosecuted, follows monkey chants targeted at Netherlands players during a session opened to the public in Krakow, Poland.

Uefa says it wrote to Poland’s sports minister and host city mayors to take “all effective and necessary measures including an increased police presence.”

Uefa asked that anyone “engaging in racist behaviour” be removed from stadiums and face criminal prosecution.

The governing football federation describes the Krakow case last Wednesday as “an isolated incident,” but adds it was “totally incompatible” with its zero-tolerance policy toward discrimination.

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