Racial abuse rears head in England base of Krakow
England's European Championship base of Krakow was at the centre of a new race row last night, as Dutch captain Mark van Bommel said his national association would complain to Uefa over chants directed at his players as they trained there yesterday.
Roy Hodgson's squad will train today at the stadium of Hutnik FC, and the chants heard by the Dutch players during a warm-up at Wisla Krakow's ground are ominous.
"It's a real disgrace, especially after getting back from Auschwitz, that we are confronted by this," Van Bommel said. "We will take it up with Uefa and if it happens during matches we will talk to the referee and ask to leave the field. If you did hear it and you don't want to hear it, it's even worse."
The episode comes as the footballing consequences of the Rio Ferdinand controversy rolled on. As John Terry insisted that he was fit for Monday's game with France, Hodgson experimented with Phil Jagielka rather than Joleon Lescott alongside him. Left-back Ashley Cole failed to train or to attend a function hosted by the mayor of Krakow yesterday.
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Opinion: James Lawton
England are right to follow the Italian team and others in visiting Auschwitz. Some suspect that modern footballers are detached, but it is impossible to go there and not feel shock. It might just make them better men. MOREReuse content