Euro 2012 Football Kicks off amid Racist Gimmicks
-COL DR. ABDUL RUFF
Euro 2012 has begun despite racist threats and similar gimmicks to obstruct the event in Eastern Europe. “Warsaw Welcomes You” read a cheery sign draped over Warsaw’s gargantuan, Soviet-era Palace of Culture. Europe’s largest fanzone with a 100,000-person capacity sprawled in its shadow, complete with a stage, massive TV screens and medical aid points.
Euro 2012 was kicking off in Poland and Ukraine on 09 June amid fears that racism and politics could overshadow Europe’s premier football showcase, held for the first time in nations once behind the Iron Curtain.
Racist trouble began with a BBC television documentary that was broadcast last month showed football fans in the two countries making Nazi salutes, taunting black players with monkey chants, and beating Asi
|Liveleak on Facebook|