Warning of violence towards England fans and player at Euro 2012
Friday 11 May 2012
Police have warned of the potential for unrest at the Euro 2012 football championships this summer with right-wing extremists targeting England's black footballers and fans for racist abuse.
Ukrainian extremists have reportedly made threats against the few thousand England fans expected to make the trip but police have not uncovered any evidence of plans for violence between rival groups.
Senior officers said they believed the potential for violence from England fans was low but warned that sustained racist barracking could lead to retaliation from England supporters.
England will play all of their first-round games in Ukraine.
"There are extremist groups in Ukraine engaged in football violence," said Assistant Chief Constable Andy Holt. "If there is a substantial amount of racist abuse, it may be a flashpoint for disorder if fans feel they are being unfairly or inappropriately treated."
Latest in Sport
Chelsea vs West Brom: Jose Mourinho turns on ‘Dr Sergio Ramos’ in Spanish spat
Prince Harry leads the congratulations for Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, calling him 'an absolute legend' as he crossed the finish line
WWE Survivor Series 2014: What time does the event start? And full card
Arsenal vs Manchester United player ratings: Who was the star man? Wayne Rooney or David De Gea?
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool player ratings: Dwight Gayle? Yannick Bolasie? Who stole the show at Selhurst Park?
- 1 Universities aren't working us hard enough, say undergraduates
- 2 Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'