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You're reading: Washington Post: Racism, anti-Semitism concerns linger in Poland, Ukraine as Euro 2012 nears

Racism remains a very real problem in European soccer despite widespread campaigns to quash its presence from the world’s most popular sport.

But from former England national team captain John Terry to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, instances of on-field racism remain while rabid fanbases too frequently resort to racist chants and taunts to degrade opposing players and their fans. It’s a troubling reality for a sport build on its global appeal — and its one organizers for the upcoming European Championships must be prepared to tackle.

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