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SportSouthgate fears further racism in Bulgaria

04:35  12 september  2019
04:35  12 september  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Southgate fears the problem could continue when England travel to Sofia on October 14. "Yes, it is a concern," he said. England's last trip to Bulgaria in September 2011 was also overshadowed by racism , with Ashley Young, Theo Walcott and Ashley Cole subjected to monkey chants during a Euro

England manager Gareth Southgate fears his players could face more racial abuse in Bulgaria after an away supporter allegedly targeted Raheem Sterling when the teams met at Wembley last weekend. The Football Association has said an individual was ejected from the national stadium for

Southgate fears further racism in Bulgaria © Getty Gareth Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate fears his players could be subjected to more racial abuse when they face Bulgaria in Sofia.

Raheem Sterling was the target of alleged racist abuse from a Bulgaria fan during England's 4-0 win at Wembley on Saturday, while he was also subjected to abuse in another Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro earlier this year.

Southgate fears the problem could continue when England travel to Sofia on October 14.

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"Yes, it is a concern," he said. "It's something that we've already planned.

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Gareth Southgate fears there may be more racist incidents in Bulgaria next month (Tim Goode/PA). UEFA’s scheduling of the Group A qualifier in the party city of Prague on a Friday night has set off alarm bells, with the FA’s head of security Tony Conniford raising concerns over the timing of the match

Raheem Sterling was the target of alleged racist abuse from a Bulgaria fan during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley – and Gareth The Football Association of Montenegro were ordered to play their next match behind closed doors and manager Southgate fears similar abuse in Bulgaria .

"We've already planned what our schedule looks like and we're going to discuss it with the players before we go, because we're aware that there is history there and we want to make sure that we're all prepared for what might happen and how we want to respond.

"So, we are going to address that when we all get back together. We didn't think it was right to do it this month because it's too far away from the games, but we have to hope... we're not confident that we'll go there and nothing will happen."

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Southgate fears further racism in Bulgaria

England's last trip to Bulgaria in September 2011 was also overshadowed by racism, with Ashley Young, Theo Walcott and Ashley Cole subjected to monkey chants during a Euro 2012 qualifier.

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Southgate took the unusual step of expressing concerns about the potential for racism in Bulgaria a month ahead of Monday’s match – fears the country’s “We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it. “We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours, we’re just talking about two football matches.

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The Bulgarian Football Union (BFS) was only fined £34,000 by UEFA for "discriminatory" chanting and for the lighting and throwing of fireworks.

The Vasil Levski National Stadium will already be partially closed for England's visit in October as punishment for the racist behaviour of their supporters in the 2-1 loss in the Czech Republic in June.

Southgate fears further racism in Bulgaria © Getty Raheem Sterling was subjected to alleged abuse during England's 4-0 win over Bulgaria

Southgate also has concerns over the behaviour of England fans on the upcoming trips to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Violence involving some England supporters marred the recent Nations League finals in Portugal and Southgate has urged supporters to behave when abroad.

"It should be a given - sadly it isn't," he said. "Sadly, we are going to a place where people go, travel anyway for nights out from our country.

Southgate fears further racism in Bulgaria © 2019 Eurasia Sport Images MONACO, MONACO - AUGUST 30: Ashley Cole former Chelsea FC (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

"What we don't need to see is behaviour that I am afraid happens on our own high streets, so it is not something that is just England supporters.

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Southgate , who plans to consult his players before the Oct. 14 game, said he feared they could face racial abuse in Bulgaria after an away fan allegedly targeted winger Raheem Sterling when the teams met at Wembley last Saturday. The FA said an individual was ejected from the stadium for

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"I'm afraid that it is a societal issue of people with alcohol unable to control themselves. But we certainly don't want to be taking that abroad and that being a representation of our country."

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