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The Arsenal winger's parents will be absent from this summer's tournament after the Foreign Office raised concerns about the likelihood of racially motivated abuse

Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's family have abandoned plans to travel to Ukraine for Euro 2012 over fears of racial abuse.

The 18-year-old will not be able to rely on the support of his parents in his first major tournament appearance, after they followed Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice.

"It’s a shame for some members of the squad that their families feel they can’t go" - Joleon Lescott
The family of his Arsenal team-mate, Theo Walcott, have also decided to avoid Ukraine, where England will play two group games - one in Donetsk against France and the other in Kiev against Sweden.

Manchester City and England defender Joleon Lescott expressed his disappointment over the situation which is affecting his team-mates.

"With my family, it’s not the same as with Theo’s and Alex’s families - that they don’t feel they can travel," Lescott told reporters.

"We [my family] just haven’t spoken about them coming and it would have been the same if I had been in South Africa [at the 2010 World Cup].

"It’s a shame for some members of the squad that their families feel they can’t go."

Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to make his senior debut for England and was a surprise selection by manager Roy Hodgson following his breakthrough at Arsenal.

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