UEFA not planning racist probe

Image: Mark van Bommel: Holland captain had been furious about the events at the Stadion Miejski

There are no plans for UEFA to launch an investigation into allegations Holland's black players were racially abused during a training session.

No action to be taken over alleged abuse at Holland training

A UEFA spokeswoman has announced that there is no intention to launch an investigation into allegations Holland's black players were racially abused during a training session in Krakow. Members of Bert van Marwijk's European Championship squad were allegedly subjected to monkey chants during an open training session at the Stadion Miejski - the home of Wisla Krakow. Captain Mark van Bommel later branded the incident 'a real disgrace' and insisted UEFA would be contacted about what had happened. There will be no probe into the events, however, with UEFA deciding not to act after saying the Dutch Football Association had told them they 'did not believe the abuse was racially motivated'. A spokeswoman for European football's governing body added: "We have no plans to launch an investigation."

Theory

The Dutch FA were not immediately available for comment on Friday morning but UEFA said it was satisfied by claims the abusive chanting from the stands was actually a protest against the fact Krakow had not been made one of the host cities for Euro 2012. Another theory put forward was that Wisla's supporters did not want their stadium being used by anyone but their own club and were simply booing the Dutch players. The problems reportedly occurred when players began Wednesday's training session by doing laps of the pitch only to be greeted at one end of the stadium by monkey noises and loud jeers. The abuse was said to be bad enough for the squad to move their equipment and training drills as far away as possible from that area. "At least now we know what we can encounter," Van Marwijk was reported to say sarcastically. "Very atmospheric."

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