Sport: Euro 2012

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Janner of Braunstone Lord Janner of Braunstone Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure that racism occurring during the Euro 2012 competition in Poland and Ukraine is being investigated and stopped.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Although the Government have not received any reports of racial abuse against British nationals attending the Euro 2012 competition so far, this is not to deny the threat of racism in the region. More work is needed to promote tolerance, something on which we are actively engaging in the region. For example, we are working with the London Jewish Cultural Centre (LJCC) on a series of seminars to bring together journalists from Central and Eastern Europe and the UK to raise awareness of the rise of anti-Semitism and racism and discuss strategies for countering it.

There has also been good co-operation between the UK, Polish and Ukrainian police throughout the Euro 2012 tournament. The Football Association and the UK Football Policing Unit said they had been confident that if any racist incident had occurred, police from both Poland and Ukraine would have dealt with it robustly and quickly.

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