The run-up to the Euro 2012 championship saw a slew of articles depicting Ukraine as a racist-filled death trap for those reckless enough to come. So far, none of the fears have proved true.
To the contrary, the games have taken place amid a festive atmosphere and pleasant weather.
The transport infrastructure, though strained, is holding up. Most importantly, foreign fans of various nationalities and skin colors have been welcomed without prejudice. Not a single racist incident has been reported in Ukraine, according to tournament organizer the Union of European Football Associations.