Auschwitz to ban soccer items during Euro 2012



WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Visitors who want to tour the Nazi death camp during the European Championship will not be allowed to enter the museum with such soccer gear as scarves, trumpets, banners and flags.

Auschwitz is located in Poland, which is co-hosting the tournament with Ukraine.

The state-run Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum has posted online guidelines for the tournament, which runs from June 8 to July 1. Soccer fans are advised to leave backpacks and national flags in their vehicles or in a luggage storage center.

Four Polish cities will be hosting matches: Warsaw, Wroclaw, Poznan and Gdansk. Several squads, including England, plan to tour Auschwitz.