Lampard out of Euros

The Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been ruled out of the European Championships because of a thigh strain. Manager Roy Hodgson has said: "It’s a huge blow for the team." Lamaprd will be replaced by Liverpool's Jordan Henderson.

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Hodgson: Losing Lampard is 'a huge blow'

It’s a huge blow for the team, especially coming after the loss of another senior player in Gareth Barry. The fact that the doctor cannot guarantee Frank could take part in any of the group matches means we have to replace him in the central midfield area.Apart from it being a huge blow to me and the team, I’m especially disappointed for Frank himself. He has been in very good form and was looking forward to the tournament. He made a huge contribution towards us qualifying for the Euros so it is cruel to be forced out through injury just before the tournament.

– England Manager Roy Hodgson

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Frank Lampard out of Euro 2012

Frank Lampard has been ruled out of Euro 2012 due to injury, the Football Association said.

The Chelsea midfielder pulled his thigh in training on Wednesday and was examined today by the England medical staff following a scan.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will be called into the squad - subject to agreement from UEFA’s medical team.

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Balotelli will walk off the pitch if racially abused at Euro 2012

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli said he intends to walk off the pitch if he is racially abused at Euro 2012 and would "kill" anyone who threw a banana at him in the street.

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Mario Balotelli said he would "kill" anyone who threw a banana at him. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

The Italian told France Football: "If someone throws a banana at me in the street, I will go to prison because I will kill him. Racism is unacceptable to me, I cannot bear it.

"I hope there will not be a problem at the Euros because if it does happen I would straight away leave the pitch and go home. We are in 2012, it can't happen."

Report: Welbeck's family likely to travel to Euro 2012

The family of England striker Danny Welbeck are likely to travel to Ukraine and Poland for Euro 2012 despite fears over racist-fuelled violence, according to The Times (£).

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Danny Welbeck's family are likely to travel to Ukraine and Poland this summer. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Relatives of Arsenal midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have decided not to travel to the tournament over fears of being victims of racist abuse.

UEFA moves to dispel racism fears ahead of the Euros

UEFA has been working closely with the local organisation committees and the host football associations to develop and implement all necessary measures to ensure safety inside the stadia at UEFA EURO 2012.

We are confident that the atmosphere around the matches will be passionnate and that it will be a true celebration of football in a festive environment.

– UEFA Spokesman
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