England boss Southgate slammed by Bulgarian FA for admitting racism fears ahead of next month’s Euro 2020 qualifier

England boss Southgate slammed by Bulgarian FA for admitting racism fears ahead of next month’s Euro 2020 qualifier


GARETH SOUTHGATE has been hammered by the Bulgarian FA for admitting he fears England players will be abused in Sofia.

The Three Lions will consider walking off the pitch if they suffer more racist abuse like the vile taunts directed at players during a 5-1 win in Montenegro in March.

Gareth Southgate says England will'prepare' how to deal with potential racism in Sofia - but the Bulgarian FA claim his fears are'groundless'
Gareth Southgate says Raheem Sterling and Co will prepare for possible abuse in Sofia – but the Bulgarian FA hit back
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But Bulgaria — who have written a letter of complaint to Uefa and FA chief Greg Clarke — are furious Southgate revealed he was “not confident” of his players avoiding racial abuse on October 14.

In a statement, they hit back: “The BFU views such behaviour as groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary.

“We believe that generalisations and the creation of needless tension by official members of the English team is absolutely unacceptable and in contradiction with the spirit of mutual respect and fair play.”

FINED £34K

A Bulgaria fan was thrown out of Wembley during England’s 4-0 win last Saturday after a steward overheard alleged racist abuse aimed at Raheem Sterling.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed they arrested a man but no further action was taken.

Uefa fined Bulgaria £34,250 in 2011 after Ashley Young, Ashley Cole and Theo Walcott were abused during a Euro 2012 qualifier in Sofia.


The Vasil Levski National Stadium will already be partially closed for England’s latest visit due to the racist behaviour of their supporters in the 2-1 loss in the Czech Republic in June.

The BFS is required to block off at least 5,000 seats for the visit of Southgate’s men and display a banner with the wording ‘#EqualGame’.

Bulgaria’s return fixture against the Czechs is also due to be played at a partially-closed ground due to racist behaviour in the 3-2 home loss to Kosovo in their other June fixture.



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