Survation Finds Support For Strong Line Against Racism During Euro 2012 Championship
With England’s opening game of the Euro 2012 competition, against France, due to kick off this evening, Survation can announce the results of our latest poll, which found support for referees taking a strong line against racism on the pitch.
60% of those surveyed agreed that ‘if England players are racially abused in the Euro soccer championship’ the referee should ‘halt the game and lead the players off the pitch’, while 21% disagreed and 19% ticked ‘don’t know’.
With British government ministers set to boycott England group matches in Ukraine in protest at the imprisonment of Ukraine’s Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, we asked respondents whether they should also ‘refuse to go to matches in Ukraine if England qualify for the FINAL stages’. On this point, opinion was more divided.
50% of those surveyed agreed that government ministers should also refuse to go to matches in Ukraine even if England get through to the finals, while 23% disagreed and 27% said ‘don’t know’.
by Charlotte Jee
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