Oxlade-Chamberlains dad open to trip

Last Updated : 25 May 2012 11:17

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.

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.

But, 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, telling Sky Sports News: "It (the decision to travel) could change at any time."

He added: "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 could feature as soon as Saturday 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."

Source: PA