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Martin Olsson to Take His Family to Euro 2012 in Ukraine Despite Racism Fears

Martin Olsson, a Swedish national footballer who also plays for the Englands Blackburn Rovers, says he will take his family to the Euro 2012 tournament in Kyiv, Ukraine despite fears of racist attacks. Olsson is born to a Kenyan mother and a Swedish father.

Olsson, 24, said: “Ukraine is quite known for racism and football but it’s not something my family has talked about.

The families of Englishmen Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are both black, have indicated they will boycott the finals amid fears of bigotry.

British Official Foreign Office advice on traveling in the country states: Foreign nationals have been the victims of violent crime in Kyiv and other major cities. In some cases attacks have been racially motivated. Travelers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals belonging to religious minorities should take extra care.

Euro 2012 begins in Kyiv, Ukraine on Friday, June 8, 2012.

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