Euro 2012: Joleon Lescott shrugs off racism fears

England defender Joleon Lescott says it is a "shame" that fears of racism are taking centre stage ahead of this summer's European Championship.

Warnings have been raised about the chance of racism in co-hosts Ukraine and Poland.

"It's a shame we are talking about it, I think we always will be," said the 29-year-old Manchester City defender.

Asked if he is worried about racism, he said: "As a player no - you get on with it, it wouldn't be the first time."

And Lescott continued: "If things are said in the crowd you just have to deal with it and address it after."

Theo Walcott's family have revealed they will not be travelling to the tournament because of their concerns about racism.external-link

"My family won't be going out there, but not for any particular reason," said Lescott.

"It's a shame they [the Walcotts] have to make a decision not based on footballing reasons. I think it's a shame for Theo himself to deal with that."

Lescott insists he has no problem being part of the same squad as John Terry, even though the Chelsea skipper has a court case hanging over him once Euro 2012 is over as a result of remarks he is alleged to have made to QPR's Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road in October.

"There are no problems," said Lescott. "We have been in squads before. We were all together for the Spain and Sweden games in November when we had two good results and performances.

"It has proved there is no animosity in the squad. There are no grudges held towards anyone."