UEFA wants to prevent racism

The European Football Union has asked the host cities in Poland and Ukraine to take all necessary measures, including an increased police presence to prevent racist behavior during training teams participating in Euro 2012.

The request, which also suggests that offenders are prosecuted, follows the monkey chants for Dutch players during a training session open to the public in Krakow, Poland, last week.

UEFA said to have written to the mayors of host cities for them to take “all necessary and effective measures, including increased police presence.”

“A letter was also sent to the sports minister of Poland, Joanna Mucha, to request the full cooperation of the Polish authorities in addressing these important issues,” UEFA said in a statement.

The fight against racism in the eight stadiums used for Euro 2012, and in the 13 training sites in Poland and three in Ukraine, is the central theme of the tournament.

UEFA has asked that “any person engaging in racist behavior is immediately expelled from the stadium and its surroundings, and that criminal proceedings be instituted against such person.”

No one was arrested or identified after a few individuals were sent to Dutch players racial slurs during a workout last Wednesday, followed by 25,000 people at the stage of Wisla Krakow.

Teams usually open the doors of their workout when they arrive at a tournament in order to build relationships with their host city.

UEFA described the affair occurred in Krakow as “an isolated incident,” but added it was “totally inconsistent” with its policy of zero tolerance for discrimination.

“UEFA is nevertheless convinced that local authorities will act to address the issue adequately,” concluded the agency.

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