A shocking report by Panorama BBC TV on May 28 showed football hooligans in Kharkiv beating Indian supporters whilst local police stood by. After seeing these images, ex-England team captain Sol Campbell warned fans to “stay at home” or they could “end up coming back in a coffin.”
Worries that the football championship would devolve into an orgy of violence were heightened in a statement from Britain’s Foreign Office that urged the travelers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent to take “extra care” in Poland and Ukraine.
This is misleading, however, as the statement is part of the standard country report that the Foreign Office website has for every country. “The language has been there for over five years,” said Matthew Lewis from the British Embassy in Kyiv.