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Sol Campbell Warns England Supporters To Stay Away From Poland And Ukraine European Championship

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Sol Campbell has warned England supporters not to travel to Ukraine and Poland for the European Championship, otherwise they risk "coming back in a coffin".

The former Three Lions defender told the BBC's Panorama the threat of violence and racism in Eastern Europe during the football tournament was too great a risk to face.

He advised fans: "Stay at home, watch it on TV, don't even risk it - because you could end up coming back in a coffin.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal defender also criticised Uefa for awarding the duo the month-long event.

He added: "I think that they were wrong, because what they should say is that 'if you want this tournament, you sort your problems out. Until we see a massive improvement... you do not deserve these prestigious tournaments in your country.'"

Panorama's investigation, which airs tonight, shows shocking footage of anti-semitism and violence influenced by racial prejudice in Ukraine's football stadiums.

On 14 April at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv in Ukraine - one of the host cities for the Euros - up to 2,000 fans gave the Nazi salute to their team.

The BBC reported some followers confessed they were chanting "Sieg Heil" because Hitler hated "Jews and blacks".

Three of England's black squad members - Theo Walcott, Joleon Lescott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - have already confirmed their families will not travel over fears in relation to reports of racially-motivated violence.

Amnesty International also released a statement recently warning English supporters who do travel to be aware of Ukrainian policemen who will target members of ethnic groups.

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