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European Soccer Body Considers Measures Against Racist Chanting

June 08, 2012

UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, is preparing measures to prevent racist chanting after an incident at a public practice of the Dutch national team in Krakow as the squad warms up for the regional championship.

“UEFA has now be made aware that there was some isolated incidents of racist chanting that occurred at the open training session,” the governing body said in a statement released to journalists today. “UEFA has not yet received any formal complaint.”

The European Championship opens tonight in Poland and Ukraine, with the region’s top 16 teams meeting in an event that ends July 1. UEFA has faced questions about the decision to award Ukraine hosting rights to the competition, the most watched in sports after soccer’s World Cup and the summer Olympics.

UEFA said it will monitor training sessions and will take measures to protect players, including adding stewards around practice areas. The governing body said it will work with police and local soccer clubs to identify people involved in racist behavior.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tariq Panja in London at tpanja@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net


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