Hosts Poland and Ukraine have in recent weeks been criticized by foreign media as harboring a culture of vitriolic racism and anti-Semitism, sparking outrage and condemnation by many in the football community. Critics of the two countries often applauded the teams’ decision to visit the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
One of the most prominent anti-racism activist, British parliamentarian Lord George Ouseley, said he was impressed by the English teams to visit the death camp.
“I think that’s great. A lot of players will be moved by such an experience. It is always humbling for people to go through that experience of going to somewhere like Auschwitz, to understand the suffering, the incarceration and the unimaginable things that went on,” he said in an interview London’s Daily Telegraph.