Inside the Metalist football stadium in Ukraine
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Ukraine's president downplays football racism

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has downplayed fears of racist attacks during the Euro 2012 football championships in the country.

In an interview with the BBC, he said hooligans were known to the authorities and security services "will be watching all the matches closely".

His comments follow a BBC documentary which uncovered widespread racism at Ukrainian football matches.

Daniel Sandford reports.

  • 31 May 2012