The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is planning to seek apologies from the UK broadcaster the BBC for reporting there was a threat of racism in Ukraine.
“I don’t know when to expect apologies from the BBC’s journalists,
but we will seek that,” the director of the ministry’s information
policy department, Oleh Voloshyn, said at a briefing on Tuesday.
He said that the issue concerned the Foreign Ministry’s initiative to
invite BBC journalists to an open debate to discuss these issues.
Voloshyn said that Ukraine and Poland had successfully co-hosted Euro
2012, as evidenced by the visits of top-ranking officials, as well as a
record number of sold tickets for Euro 2012 matches.
He said that that ordinary Europeans who visited Ukraine during the
European football championship had positive emotions about the country
and the hospitality of Ukrainians themselves.
In May 2012, a film was shown on the BBC program Panorama pointing to
problems of racism and football hooliganism at the stadiums in Ukraine
and Poland. Former England international Sol Campbell advised English
fans to avoid traveling to the two Eastern European countries.
The English Football Association (FA) is preparing a formal written
complaint against the BBC, claiming the broadcaster launched a campaign
ahead of Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland aimed at discrediting the