After the BBC's investigative program "Panorama" aired a show on racism and mob violence at soccer stadiums in Poland and Ukraine, leaders from the Euro 2012 hosts assured foreign players and fans that they would be safe during the tournament.
"Nobody who comes to Poland will be in any danger because of his race," said Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk "This is not our custom, as is not pointing out similar incidents in other countries, although we know they take place. In Poland, they're a rarity,"
In Kiev, Ukraine's foreign ministry spokesman Oleh Voloshyn said the allegations were a "dreamed up and mythical problem."
"Panorama" contained footage of fans giving Nazi salutes, taunting black players with monkey noises, anti-Semitic chants and a group of Asian students being attacked at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, one of the four Ukrainian cities that will be hosting matches.