Saturday 26 May 2018

Letter from Leo Telling

I am the producer of the Panorama, Euro 2012: Stadiums of Hate, broadcast by the BBC last Monday night. Your website contains and article by Louis Jacob in which he makes a number of unfounded allegations and repeatedly accuses myself and the other members of the production team of "dishonesty" in making the programme – a very serious allegation to which I would like you to publish our detailed response.

We are accused by Mr Jacob of ‘narrow agenda-driven sensationalism’. Mr Jacob’s article would appear to suffer from the very problem that he accuses Panorama of. Our programme showed evidence of serious racist and anti-Semitic behaviour in two countries. Mr Jacob has chosen to focus on the evidence we presented against just one of those countries in his critique. In addition he has ignored the central question we posed in the opening minute of the documentary: If UEFA has zero tolerance to racism how does that square with awarding the tournament to two countries where we were able to show large numbers of fans indulging in racist and anti-Semitic behaviour?

The most serious of our evidence originated in Ukraine. Approximately half of the programme was taken up with this and Mr Jacob chose to ignore all of it in his analysis.

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