Stay away or die! You could 'come home in a coffin' Sol warns England fans
23:02 GMT, 27 May 2012
Sol Campbell has warned England fans not to travel to Euro 2012 because they ‘could end up coming back in a coffin’.
The former Arsenal and Tottenham defender believes visiting Poland or Ukraine is too much of a risk owing to the threat of violence and racism.
Campbell, who won 73 caps for England, has insisted UEFA were wrong to award such a prestigious tournament to the two countries.
Clash: Violence in Ukraine has been highlighted by Sol Campbell (below)
The 37-year-old told the BBC’s Panorama: ‘Stay at home, watch it on TV. Don’t even risk it … because you could end up coming back in a coffin. I think they were wrong (to award Euro 2012 to Poland and Ukraine), because what they should say is that if you want this tournament you sort your problems out.
‘Until we see that you have sorted it out, you are never going to get the tournament. You do not deserve these prestigious tournaments in your country.’
Trouble ahead: England fans and players could face abuse in Ukraine
The families of several black players, such as Theo Walcott, Joleon Lescott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, have no plans to go, citing concerns about possible racist abuse.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s father, former England international Mark Chamberlain, told Sky Sports News: ‘There have been reports of racist taunts and threats so it’s just prudent for myself to keep away from it.’
Warning: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain's family may not travel to the Ukraine
The BBC documentary, to be screened on Monday, shows fans giving Nazi salutes, taunting black players with monkey noises, anti-Semitic chants and a group of Asian students being attacked at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, which will host three group matches.