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Ukraine football chief blasts Campbell for 'back in a box'
Posted Sunday, July 01, 2012 by Dailymail

The organisers of Euro 2012 have hit back at the BBC's pre-tournament claims of fans being at danger of racist thuggery in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

When shown footage of trouble that flared up in the two countries, former England star Sol Campbell even suggested supporters were at risk of 'coming back in a box'.

As it has turned out, there has been little trouble throughout the entire competition.

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There were problems around Poland's group game with Russia, although that match had historical issues attached to it.

Indeed, the instances of racism were created by travelling fans, with Croatia, Spain and Russia all fined for the behaviour of their supporters.

It offered Ukraine football federation president Grygoriy Surkis the perfect platform from which to launch his counter-offensive.

'The best reply to the BBC and Sol Campbell, who declared that there was racism in Ukraine and maybe fans wouldn't go back to England was, I think, English fans who actually took the coffin out prior to the match in Donetsk,' said Surkis.

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