Euro 2012 racism storm: UEFA urged to act over reports of abuse aimed at Dutch players

Daily Record: UEFA and the Dutch Football Association were today urged to acknowledge that Holland’s black players were racially abused during a training session in Krakow.
Members of Bert van Marwijk’s European Championship squad were allegedly subjected to monkey chants during an open training session on Wednesday, with captain Mark van Bommel yesterday branding the incident “a real disgrace”.
UEFA confirmed this morning they had “no plans” to launch a probe into events at the Stadion Miejski – the home of Wisla Krakow – because the Dutch FA had told them they “did not believe the abuse was racially motivated”.
But a spokeswoman for European football’s governing body also insisted they were “still establishing the facts” and were prepared to “re-evaluate” their position.
Piara Powar, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe, said they needed to do so purely on the basis of Van Bommel’s testimony.
“Van Bommel has no reason to invent such a claim,” Powar said.
“We would side with Van Bommel. It’s quite clear it happened.
“And if there’s some confusion within the governing bodies, the KNVB or UEFA, then that’s regrettable.
“In our view, the incident took place.”
He added: “If the captain says, ‘My team-mates were racially abused, I heard it, I was there at the ground level’, then one expects any FA to back the captain.
“We’re very clear with UEFA that any incident of this kind needs to be looked at.”

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