The Euro 2012 championships in Poland and Ukraine haven’t even started yet, but already racism has reared its ugly head.
The Dutch national side, which shares its base in the Polish city of Krakow with the England squad, has already complained of monkey chants from local "fans" during one of its open training sessions earlier this week.
Speaking at a press conference after the event, Holland captain Mark van Bommel said: "We will take it up with UEFA. if it happens at matches we will talk to the referee and ask him to take us off the field."
This has confirmed fears voiced by many players and fans alike that the Euros would be tarnished by racism.
As early as last month, former England defender Sol Campbell warned fans to stay away from the tournament because of the threat of racially motivated violence.
“Stay home, watch it on TV… don’t even risk it,” he told the BBC’s Panorama.
More recently, Manchester City and Italy striker Mario Balotelli has made headlines by stating that he would walk off the pitch if subjected to racist chanting.
In response, UEFA boss Michel Platini has stated that any player staging a walk-out would receive a yellow card. Though referees have been given the power to stop play if anyone on the field becomes the victim of racist abuse.
But it’s not just the stars who are concerned about the host nations’ murky reputations. In a survey conducted for our May issue, 60% of FHM readers said they were worried that racism will taint the Euro 2012 tournament.
We asked the people that count – all two million-plus of you – the big question: Is football still racist? Below are the eye-opening results…