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Chamberlain's family consider Euro 2012 visit despite racism fears
10:54am Friday 25th May 2012 in International
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father has indicated his family could yet travel to watch the uncapped midfielder at Euro 2012 despite fears of racial abuse.
Ex-Pompey winger Mark Chamberlain, a former England international, confirmed his family had for the moment shelved plans to see their 18-year-old son play in Ukraine and Poland due to concerns over their safety.
Former Saint Theo Walcott's family have already indicated they will not travel this summer for fear of the racism they may encounter.
While Chamberlain admitted he would put his family's safety first, he revealed they could yet fly out should England progress to the latter stages.
"It (the decision to travel) could change at any time," he said.
"At this moment in time there are concerns. If England do well and as the tournament goes on and if Alex is involved more than I think he may be then a decision will be made at that time.
"It's just my personal choice really.
"I wouldn't go into it, it's nothing definitive but there have been reports over the last couple of weeks of racist taunts and threats so it's just prudent for myself to keep away from it.
Missing his son's international debut would unsurprisingly be a disappointment for Chamberlain, although he may get that chance in the lead-up to the tournament in England's two friendlies.
The Arsenal teenager – signed from Saints in a £12m deal last summer could feature as soon as tomorrow against Norway in Oslo, while England are also due to play Belgium at Wembley on June 2.
"I'd like to be out there to see him if he gets on and makes his debut but there are opportunities in the next couple of games, at Wembley and in Norway," Chamberlain said.
"It's very disappointing, but your safety's more important than a game of football.
"There's been a concerted effort and a campaign to tackle racism. In this country it seems to have gone well but unfortunately in other parts of the world not so well."