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Euro 2012 and racism in Ukraine

The UEFA Euro 2012 football championship (Euro 2012) will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine. It begins on 8th June 2012 and continues until 1st July.

The Ukrainian foreign ministry has denied BBC reports which claim that the country has a problem with racist football hooliganism. But former England captain Sol Campbell has warned fans to stay at home to avoid the alleged issues.

Whatever the truth about racist football hooliganism in Ukraine, millions are going to be watching the matches, either in Poland and Ukraine, or on TV. The championship could cause difficulties for employers if, for instance, staff phone in sick or simply do not turn up for work in order to watch matches. These Simply-docs Guidance Notes for Employers should help employers manage potential problems during this period.

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