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Polish and Russian fans clash outside the stadium in Warsaw before the match

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UEFA today condemned the violence that marred Poland's European Championship match with Russia, but it was unclear whether either team would face any sanctions.

The Netherlands pictured training in Krakow

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UEFA today vowed to crack down on racism at the European Championship after they and the Dutch Football Association acknowledged Holland's black players were abused during a training session in Krakow.

'It's a disgrace, especially after getting back from Auschwitz, that we are confronted with this', says Dutch captain Mark van Bommel

Dutch football team subjected to racist abuse from fans in Krakow ahead of Euro 2012

Netherlands complain to Uefa over monkey chants while training near England's Euro 2012 camp

The Donbass Arena in Donetsk is in great shape for the Euros

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At night the Donbass Arena is lit up, casting a blue glow across the parkland that surrounds it. Despite controversy over racism, pricing, inadequate infrastructure and a lack of accommodation, there is one area where it is possible to cast Euro 2012 in a positive light; its stadiums are happily fit for purpose.

The Donbass Arena in Donetsk is in great shape for the Euros

Ukraine grounds fit for purpose – unlike England's logistical efforts

Venues in Donetsk and Kiev pass muster – even if they are hundreds of miles from team hotel

Roy Hodgson offers Parker some direction

Euro 2012 'means everything' to England midfielder Scott Parker

England midfielder Scott Parker has admitted it "means everything" to get the chance to appear at Euro 2012.

John Terry

John Terry provides fitness boost for England

The Football Association have confirmed their entire 23-man squad, including John Terry, will be on the plane that leaves Luton Airport for their Euro 2012 mission this afternoon.

Southgate: 'We've got to think logically about how we set up and the best way to get results'

We cannot outplay elite teams, Southgate warns

As England fly to Euro 2012 today, FA technical director says being hard to beat is the best the team can hope for

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