Campbell: England fans could end up coming back from Euro 2012 in a coffin

The former Arsenal defender disagreed with Uefa's claims that the tournament creates opportunities to reduce racism, and believes that Poland & Ukraine should not be hosts
Former England international Sol Campbell has warned Three Lions fans to stay away from Euro 2012, claiming that they "could come back in a coffin".

Racist chanting has been previously reported from football fans in the host nations of Poland and Ukraine, while the British government has advised fans of Afro-Caribbean or Asian descent not to travel to avoid racially-motivated attacks.

And the former Arsenal centre-back declared that supporters should simply avoid attending the tournament, telling the BBC: "Stay at home, watch it on TV. Don't even risk it ... because you could end up coming back in a coffin."

Uefa recently insisted that such events can be a catalyst for change in host nations, saying in a statement: "Euro 2012 brings the spotlight on the host countries and clearly creates an opportunity to address and confront such societal issues.

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"Uefa's 'zero tolerance' approach to racism is still valid both on and off the pitch and ultimately the referee has the power to stop or abandon a match should racist incidents occur."

However, Campbell disagreed, opining that potential host nations should first make changes in order to win the right to hold a tournament.

"I think that they were wrong," he argued.

“What they should say is that 'if you want this tournament, you sort your problems out. Until we see a massive improvement ... you do not deserve these prestigious tournaments in your country.'"

The families of two England players, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, are reported to be staying away from Euro 2012 for fear of racist attacks.