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Ukraine international Shevchenko disputes racism concerns

Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko says there is "no real problem" with racism in Ukraine and fans have nothing to fear at Euro 2012, reports BBC News. Ex-England defender Sol Campbell told the BBC's Panorama Poland and Ukraine should not be hosting the event because of entrenched racism and violence.

But Ukraine international told the BBC: "We don't have a real problem here about racism.

"The country's very quiet and people are very friendly."

Theo Walcott's family have revealed they will not be travelling to the tournament because of their concerns about racism.

But Shevchenko, who won the FA Cup and League Cup with the Blues between 2006-2009, said he expected Euro 2012 to pass without incident.

"I know the country did everything to make this competition very good," he added.

"I know how much work the country tried to do: airports, in streets, stadium in the last five years.

"We never have heard problems about racism."

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