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Scott speaks out against racism

DISHEARTENED: Scott (left)

ARSENAL LADIES defender Alex Scott has spoken about racism and playing for England in her most recent column for The Morning Star.

The England international returned to her first club Arsenal this year after two seasons at American club Boston Breakers.

She said: “It’s disheartening to see that race is still an issue for people, despite all the work that’s been done to stamp prejudice. Yet I have to say that, from my experience at least, racism has never been a problem in the women’s game.

“I’ve travelled the world with England and seen so many different countries, but luckily I’ve never been on the end of any abuse.”

There was much made in the news about the decision of England midfielders Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s respective families’ decision not to travel out to the Euro’s in Poland and Ukraine.

It is clear Scott has sympathy for all involved, saying: “I feel so sorry for them as they’re missing out on a chance to watch their loved ones play.

“But I can completely understand their decision. I wouldn’t want to put my family at risk — it’s just a game of football, after all, and it’s not worth risking getting hurt over.”

In the England Ladies camp, they are preparing for their Euro 2013 qualifiers against Holland and Slovenia, on Sunday (June 17) and Thursday (June 21) respectively.

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