STATEMENT BY THE AUGB'S GENERAL COUNCIL ON RACISM IN UKRAINE

29.05.12


We were as concerned as many others about the images of mindless and unacceptable intolerance and extremism that were shown on last night's Panorama programme. We were also concerned that the police did not make a strong statement that any racist behaviour is and will be dealt with immediately and severely. We are writing to Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK today to ask that the Ukrainian authorities make much stronger commitments to reassure visitors to Ukraine that there will be zero tolerance on racist and extremist behavior both during the Euro 2012 tournament and beyond. 

The images screened on the Panorama programme do not represent the behaviour or mindset of the vast majority of Ukrainian people, who are both tolerant and hospitable, and are looking forward to welcoming guests from all over the world for Euro 2012.

As for the Ukrainian community in Great Britain, we live as an integral part of a vibrant multicultural society, on good terms with our neighbours, of whatever race, creed or nationality - and we do not tolerate any form of racism.

We hope that all football fans, whether in Ukraine or here, will enjoy the Euro 2012 Championships in the spirit of genuine friendship and that this sporting celebration is not marred by the actions of an unrepresentative minority - whom we all unequivocally condemn.

29 May 2012
AUGB General Council

 

 



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