Hodgson backs officials on racism

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Roy Hodgson has confirmed England would stand by any referee who decides to take teams off at Euro 2012 due to an outbreak of racial abuse.

The families of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have already opted not to watch the Three Lions in Ukraine this summer for fear of being targeted by racist groups.

"My stance is very simple: it's a matter for referees and UEFA," Hodgson said. "You're talking about something that is abhorrent to anybody, not just in football, but in every walk of life. It's a topical question and one that I'm sure has been heavily debated in UEFA for the last four years."

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