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Ukraine says British media reports of football racism unfair portrayal of country

05/29/2012 09:34 EDT | Updated 07/29/2012 05:12 EDT
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's Foreign Ministry says British media reports about racism among the country's football fans portray Ukraine unfairly ahead of the European championship.

The BBC on Monday broadcast a program showing fans in Ukraine and co-host Poland giving the Nazi salute and taunting black players with monkey noises. There are also scenes of Ukrainian fans attacking and beating Asian fans.

Former England defender Sol Campbell told the broadcaster that fans should not travel to Poland and Ukraine for the tournament "because you could end up coming back in a coffin."

Ukraine Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Voloshyn said on Tuesday the BBC report is wrong and claimed Ukraine "is one of the leaders in Europe" in racial and religious tolerance.

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