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Poland and Ukraine dismiss racism charges

  • Poland and Ukraine have dismissed charges of racism and mob violence made by the British press and have vouched for the safety of foreign players and fans during the Euro 2012 tournament they will co-host next month.

    The response comes following a BBC Panorama investigative program on soccer violence filmed in their countries.

    The neighbouring nations will share matches between 16 countries throughout June, culminating in a July 1 final in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

    The program contained footage of fans giving Nazi salutes, taunting black players with monkey noises as well as a group of Asian students being attacked at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, one of four Ukrainian cities that will play host to the group matches.

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