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21:30  16 october  2019
21:30  16 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Racist abuse twice halts England Euro match in Bulgaria

  Racist abuse twice halts England Euro match in Bulgaria England's Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria was twice halted in the first-half due to racist chanting in Sofia. Sterling was also the subject of racist abuse from a Bulgarian fan when the sides met last month in England's 4-0 win at Wembley.The Three Lions led 2-0 through early goals from Marcus Rashford and Ross Barkley when play was first stopped and an announcement made to supporters that the game could be suspended if offensive chanting continued.

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Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has apologised after initially saying he did not hear the racist abuse directed at England players during Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.

England claimed a 6-0 win but the match was marred by incidents in the stands, which were reported to officials and resulted in two delays to the action before half-time.

UEFA opted to charge the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) for "racist behavior (chants, Nazi salutes)", with local reports indicating four people have been arrested in connection.

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BFU president Borislav Mihaylov resigned under pressure from Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov in the wake of the furor.

Krasimir Balakov wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov© Getty Images Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov Before the match, coach Balakov claimed England had a bigger problem with racism in football than his own country, then insisted after the game he had not heart the chanting.

But he has since issued an apology after accepting racist abuse did occur.

Meine Damen und Herren, Ich verurteile alle Formen des Rassismus bedingungslos als inakzeptables Verhalten, das den...

Posted by Krassimir Balakov on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

In a letter posted to his official Facebook page, Balakov wrote: "I condemn all forms of racism as an unacceptable behaviour that contradicts normal human relations.

Bulgaria fans detained after racism at England game

  Bulgaria fans detained after racism at England game Six Bulgarian football fans have been detained after their game against England had to be stopped twice due to racism. Bulgaria's ministry of interior confirmed the group are being questioned by police over their involvement in racist behaviour at the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday night, which England won 6-0. © Rex Features Bulgarian fans appear to make Nazi salutes during the match The ministry added that police have identified 15 people involved in the racist chants, which included monkey noises and Nazi salutes, directed at England players.

"I think that this form of prejudice should be buried deep in our past, and no one should ever be subjected [to it].

"I have trained many Bulgarian teams with players of different origin and never anyone judging by the colour of their skin. In addition, I have always participated actively in all initiatives involving privileged people or those who need to be involved.

"My comments before the game against England that Bulgaria did not have problems with racism is based on the fact that the local championship did not see such a problem on a large scale.

"There may have been individual cases, but it's definitely not something you see at the stadium. The majority of football fans do not participate in this kind [of behavior], and I believe that this has also been the case in the game against England.

"I would like to say very clearly: since there were cases of racial discrimination in Sofia, I would like to sincerely apologise to the English footballers and to all those who felt offended.

"At the same time, however, I would like to address everyone who uses hateful language on social media, that my words have been incorrectly removed from context - and if that does not stop, I will be forced to take legal action against it."

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