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Campbell: You could come back in a coffin

Sol Campbell

Sol Campbell has stated his concerns on the upcoming UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and the Ukraine. Talking to BBC Panorama, Campbell warned footbal fans to avoid the finals because of the threat of racism and violence.

The former Arsenal and England star had a clear message to everyone interested to attend the UEFA EURO 2012. “Stay at home, watch it on TV. Don’t even risk it… because you could end up coming back in a coffin,” Campbell told BBC Panorama.

Campbell feels that the UEFA did a mistake, while awarding Poland and the Ukraine the right to host the continental championship. “I think that they were wrong, because what they should say is that if you want this tournament you sort your problems out. Until we see a massive improvement, that you have sorted it out, you are never going to get the tournament,” said Campbell. “You do not deserve these prestigious tournaments in your country!”

BBC Panorama has investigated violence and racism in the host countries and they have once again revealed the well-known problems in these two countries. Fans giving the Nazi salute, taunting black players with monkey noises, anti-Semitic chants and a group of Indian students being attacked at the Metalist Stadium are just a few of the shocking parts of the documentary.

The Indian students attended a home match of FC Metalist Kharkiv and they were looking forward to support the home team from the family area of the stadium. But things turned ugly, when Metalist fans began to attack them.

“We were supporting the home team. It’s horrifying,” one of the Indian students told BBC Panorama.

Various European governments and authorities have already issued a warning to football fans as reported earlier [CLICK HERE].

The BBC documentary will be screened on BBC One today (May 28) at 20.30 GMT (21.30 CET / 01.00 IST). Further the documentary will be also screened again on BBC News (May 31 at 04.30 GMT & June 3 at 20.30 GMT) and BBC One (June 1 at 01.35 GMT)