Can Fred the ferret really distract us from real issue?

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After the furore caused by the Panorama programme last week, showing racism at football grounds in Ukraine and Poland, the organisers of Euro 2012 have pulled out all the stops to put a positive spin on things.

And boy have they gone to town brushing this one under the carpet – they’ve only wheeled out Fred the ‘psychic’ ferret.

Apparently, he’s going to be Ukraine’s answer to Paul the octopus. You know, the octopus that correctly predicted all of Germany’s World Cup results.

So by reproducing a fun story that produced international headlines, they deflect attention from the findings of the programme.

You may call me cynical, but it just seems a bit too contrived for my liking.