HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 c32W
Mr. Hepburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions the Department will have with the football authorities and other Government Departments about the racist abuse of members of the England football squad by Slovakian football fans in the recent international match between the two nations. [75207]

Mr. Caborn

I discussed events during England's match in Slovakia with representatives of the English football authorities on 16 October. My officials have also discussed the issue in detail with the Home Office, which is responsible for co-ordinating work with overseas police forces in respect of England's away matches.

The Government and the football authorities now await the results of UEFA's enquiry into these events, following the official complaint made the Football Association.

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