Walcott's family won't travel to Euros over fears of racist abuse
08:09 GMT, 17 May 2012
Theo Walcott’s brother revealed that the winger’s family won’t go to Euro 2012 because of the endemic racism in Poland and Ukraine.
The Arsenal winger was included in Roy Hodgson's England squad to travel to Poland and Ukraine, but due to fears of racism in the countries, dad Don and chef brother Ashley have decided not to travel.
Ashley tweeted: ‘Unfortunately my dad n i have taken the decision not to travel to the Ukraine because of the fear of possible racist attacks confrontations.
Fears: Walcott's family will not be in Ukraine
'Something's aren't worth risking, but begs the question why hold a competition of this magnitude in a place that can not police itself for foreigners of any creed to feel safe, but I'll be watching every minute.
'Racism has no place in the modern world.'
Ukrainian football hooligans with racist tendencies have been the subject of recent exposes. Roy Hodgson expressed concerns on Wednesday about the safety of English fans next month.
Close: Theo will not be supported by brother Ashley at Euro 2012
Support: Ashley Walcott says he will support his brother from home
Hodgson said: 'The issue of racism, especially the Sky report into the hooliganism and violence in Ukraine, is an obvious concern. Not least the supporters who go over there and risk maybe getting beaten up.'
Fears of racial attacks have prompted the Foreign Office to issue a warning to the thousands of supporters planning to travel.
Official government advice says: 'Foreign nationals have been victims of violent crime in Kiev and other major cities in recent years. In some cases attacks have been racially motivated.
'Travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals from religious minorities should take extra care.'