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Dutch players subjected to monkey chants

UNDER RACIST FIRE: Nigel de Jong

JUST 24 hours before Euro 2012 kicks off, Dutch players were subjected to racist abuse in Poland during an open training session.

Black members of the Holland squad, including Manchester City star, Nigel de Jong, had monkey chants directed at them by several hundred people, as they practised in front of 25,000 at the Stadion Miejski in Krakow.

Captain Mark van Bommel moved the team to the other side of the pitch. He said: "It is a real disgrace especially after getting back from Auschwitz [the Dutch squad had visited the concentration camp on Wednesday] that you are confronted with this.

“We will take it up with Uefa and if it happens at a match we will talk to the referee and ask him to take us off the field."

Uefa tried to deny that it was racially motivated, saying they had checked with the Dutch squad and had been told it was not thought to be of that nature.

Their official line was that a small part of the crowd was protesting about the fact that Krakow had not been made one of the host cities.

When told that not everyone had heard the chanting, van Bommel responded by saying: “You need to open your ears. If you did hear it, and don't want to hear it, that is even worse."

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