• Euro 2012

No investigation into abuse of Dutch players

ESPN staff
June 8, 2012
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UEFA has said it has no plans to investigate claims Netherlands players were racially abused during training in Poland this week.

The black players in the squad were allegedly subjected to monkey chants during the session in Krakow on Wednesday, and captain Mark van Bommel has been strong in his condemnation of the affair.

"It is a real disgrace, especially after getting back from Auschwitz, that you are confronted with this," Van Bommel said.

The players moved to the other end of the stadium in response to the chants and he added: "We have responded well to resolve this. All the players heard it and stood behind the action we took.

"We also will not accept it during European Championship matches if one of us is faced with monkey chants. We will immediate tell the referee if these sounds are heard and ask him to intervene."

UEFA president Michel Platini confirmed this week that referees will be responsible for halting or abandoning matches in the case of racist chanting.

There will not be an investigation into Wednesday's incident at Wisla Krakow's Stadion Miejski, though, with the Dutch football federation apparently having told UEFA it "did not believe the abuse was racially motivated".

A UEFA spokeswoman said: "We have no plans to launch an investigation."

There have been suggestions the noises, which occurred as the players passed fans while doing laps of the pitch, were merely boos prompted by either a frustration among Wisla fans that other players were using their club's stadium or that they were dissatisfied that Krakow is not a host city for the tournament.

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