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Holland players fall victim to 'monkey' business

Poland took on Greece in the opening match of Euro 2012 on Friday, with the match threatening to be overshadowed by fresh racism fears, despite hopes of a switch in focus to events on the pitch after a turbulent build-up. The ugly side of the beautiful game

sports Updated: Jun 09, 2012 00:53 IST

Poland took on Greece in the opening match of Euro 2012 on Friday, with the match threatening to be overshadowed by fresh racism fears, despite hopes of a switch in focus to events on the pitch after a turbulent build-up.

Netherlands captain Mark van Bommel claimed in an interview published in De Telegraaf newspaper that the Oranje were forced to train away from the 25,000 fans who had turned up to watch them in the southern city of Krakow on Wednesday.

"We all heard the monkey chants," he was quoted as saying. "We can’t accept that. We reacted well and the situation was sorted.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/6/09_06_12-metro19.jpg

“During the tournament, if any one of us is confronted with such a thing, we’ll immediately go to the referee to ask him to intervene,” added van Bommel, who will line-up alongside his team-mates against Denmark on Saturday in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

UEFA president Michel Platini have all tried to play down fears of racist incidents, which prompted the families of two black England players to say they would not be travelling to watch the tournament.

“It’s easy to point the finger at Ukraine and Poland for racism but all countries are faced with the same problem,” Platini told reporters in Warsaw on Wednesday.

“We’ve done a lot of things but it’s not a football problem, it’s a social problem.”