• 'There are a lot of horror stories,' says tournament director
• 'My understanding is that this is not true'

Ukraine's Euro 2012 tournament director Markiyan Lubkivskyi has downplayed fears over a measles outbreak in the west of the country.

When asked whether the measles outbreak was serious, Lubkivskyi said: "No, I can check this with the Ministry of Health but, to my knowledge, no.

"There are a lot of horror stories coming but this tournament is covered by a lot of rumours from everywhere. My understanding is that this is not true."

The eastern European nation will host the European Championships for the first time this summer alongside co-hosts Poland, although the pair's preparations have been beset by issues.

The latest concern relates to an outbreak of measles in Ukraine, which the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has predicted will "accelerate and spread" through until June, when the tournament begins.

The ECDC has urged fans to be inoculated before travelling to Euro 2012 as a result, while the Foreign Office "strongly recommends" fans get vaccinated.

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