Oxlade-Chamberlain's family to miss trip to Euro 2012 amid racism fears

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.