Monday, June 11, 2012

Ukraine coach denied his country was racist

KIEV - Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin defend his country against accusations of racism that threaten the smooth running of Europe's biggest football tournament, Euro 2012 in which Ukraine became one of the hosts in addition to Poland.  In a press conference before the game cons Sweden Ukraine early day,

Blokhin pay close attention to a question from reporters about some of the racial incidents that occurred so far this quadrennial tournament held since June 8.  "I do not want to talk about racism. There is no racism in Ukraine," said Blokhin, as reported by Reuters on Monday (6/11/2012).

"This is a political issue I think has nothing to do with football. If any event, it's not going to happen in Ukraine," he said.  Before the ongoing Euro 2012, Ukraine was highlighted was due to some problems that afflict this country Andriy Shevchenko. Mainly related to political issues such as allegations of racism, human rights violations, the fate of the jailed opposition to the government of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko.

Tymoshenko known to be tortured by prison guards in Ukraine, that's what makes the European countries to protest to the Government of Ukraine. In fact, some countries had previously called for a boycott of Ukraine as the organizers of Euro 2012, although in the end of this tournament continues.  It has become the biggest sporting event in eastern Europe since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

With the controversy that continues to hit since FIFA decided to Poland and Ukraine to host Euro 2012, so far there is little sparks racism that occurred from the fans.  Sure to be a chore for both countries to minimize these incidents are not diiinginkan, mainly due to the racial issue, not just through words, but also action and awareness of each participating country fans to be mature.

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