The Tottenham striker, whose days with the France national team are seemingly over, hopes players and officials can unite to help eradicate racist behaviourTottenham striker Louis Saha believes the fear of racist behaviour from fans in Poland & Ukraine threatens to overshadow Euro 2012.
The 33-year-old forward failed to make Laurent Blanc's squad for this summer's European Championships but expressed excitement ahead of the tournament.
However, he claims that racist chanting - some of which was reportedly heard during a Netherlands training camp this week - could "compromise" the championships.
“We have been waiting four years for Euro 2012,” Saha told the London Evening Standard.
“But this year's tournament has a bitter taste we didn't expect.
“So bitter, in fact, that fans have been advised to stay away from Poland and the Ukraine as political and ethical concerns have compromised the genuine and usually heart-warming atmosphere of this hugely popular sports event.
“I want Euro 2012 to stand high and tall against racism and violence - uniting people is where the game will be won during the summer.”
Saha also hopes the Euros can instill a positive atmosphere in a continent currently troubled by financial problems.
He added: “Whether fans, players, referees, media or organisers, it is important to consider this as a magnificent opportunity not just to enjoy some great football but also to change the mood of an entire country - even if only very briefly.”