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Racism fears for Ox'

The relatives of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have become the latest of the England player families to decide not to travel to Ukraine for this summer's Euro 2012 tournament because of fears that black and Asian supporters could be targeted by the violent racist fans that blight Ukrainian football.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, is the youngest member of the squad and his father Mark Chamberlain is a former England international himself who won eight caps for his country in the 1980s. However, the Chamberlains, like the family of Theo Walcott, have decided not to travel to watch England's three group games -- two in Donetsk and one in Kiev -- in the light of recent warnings from the Foreign Office.

The Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott said yesterday that his family would also not be travelling to the tournament this summer, although they might make an exception if England were to reach the final. Lescott said: "It is a shame we are talking about it but I think we always will be.

"You can't get rid of it from people's minds."


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