The Polish city in which England are based for the finals of Euro 2012 was at the centre of a growing race row on Thursday with the Holland captain, Mark van Bommel, warning Uefa that he will lead his team off the pitch if they are abused during matches after an alleged incident occurred at a training session.
Black players in the Dutch squad were subjected to “monkey chants” from supporters of Wisla Krakow during open training at the Polish club’s stadium on Wednesday, according to the midfielder.
Uefa and the Dutch football association played down the row but on Thursday Van Bommel warned: “It’s a real disgrace, especially after getting back from Auschwitz, that you are confronted with this. We will take it up with Uefa and if it happens during matches we will talk to the referee and ask to leave the field.”
When questioned by Dutch journalists, some of whom claimed not to have heard the abuse, Van Bommel added: “You need to open your ears. If you heard it and did not want to hear it then that is even worse.”
Answer with complete sentences.
- In which country is the Euro 2012 football competition being held?
- Who is the captain of the Dutch team?
- Why is he angry?
- What does he say he will do if this happens during a match?
- Which famous site of an atrocity had the Dutch team just visited?
- Had all the Dutch journalists heard the abuse?
- What should a team captain do if there are racist chants during a match?
- Have you witnessed any examples of racism?
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