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Dirty Tackle

England fans reward Sol Campbell's concern for their safey by making him a coffin

Dirty Tackle

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England fans prove Sol Campbell wrong, probably not in the way they intended. (AP)

Though there have been significant problems with violence and racism at Euro 2012 (mostly from the now eliminated Russian and Croatian fans), there hasn't exactly been the executions in the streets of Ukraine and Poland and that some foreign commentators seemed so afraid of. Former England defender Sol Campbell was one of those pundits warning against the worst case scenario in the days before the tournament, telling England fans to "stay at home, watch it on TV. Don't even risk it ... because you could end up coming back in a coffin."

Well, the England fans who defied Sol's advice and haven't yet been murdered by locals decided to tell their countryman that he was wrong in the most subtle and dignified way possible. Just kidding -- they built him a coffin and paraded it through the streets of Donetsk.

The coffin, with the words "you're wrong Campbell" on one side and "we'll do what we want" on the other with St George's cross painted on the top, even came complete with a guy in a Sol Campbell mask inside it.

Sol Campbell in a coffin. (Reuters)

Adding to the warped logic of the whole thing is the fact that the fans behind the coffin message think Campbell is the one who should apologize. From The Mirror:

Nick Bohn, 43, who runs a car repair garage, said Campbell was "stupid" for making the comments.

"It's complete and utter rubbish. At no point have we felt afraid or threatened out here.

"He should have thought before he spoke," he said.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with sharing first hand experience and defending a host you feel has been unfairly portrayed, but maybe they should have been the ones who thought before they bought the coffin.

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