Ukraine's riot police are about as tough as they get.
Hundreds march in regimented lines through the gates of the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, known locally as the Spider Arena as its pillars make it resemble an arachnid. In 13 days’ time it will be at the centre of attention of the footballing world when it begins to host Euro 2012 matches.
The England team will play all three of their group matches in Ukraine – with up to 6,000 fans expected to follow them.
Now I am about to find out why the Foreign Office’s Euro 2012 travel advice warns: ‘Those of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals from religious minorities should take extra care’ – and why last Friday the relatives of England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, followed national team-mate Theo Walcott’s family in deciding not to travel to Ukraine to watch England’s three group games. England will play two games in Donetsk and one in Kiev. Read More