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England players suffer racist abuse

The England football team were subjected to racist abuse in their match against Bulgaria on October 14, which nearly resulted in the players from the away side leaving the pitch.

The match was a qualifying game for Euro 2020, held in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.  The Vasil Levski Stadium was only partially full for the game after previous racist chanting in games against Kosovo and the Czech Republic had resulted in a UEFA stadium ban sanction.

During the match, which England eventually won 0-6, the action was halted twice in the first half, with the home fans being warned over the loudspeaker system about their behaviour. 

A half time discussion between the England players and their manager, Gareth Southgate, saw the England players decide to play out the second half, despite the racist chanting continuing.

Since the game, the Bulgarian authorities have made a number of arrests, whilst Bulgaria’s football chief Borislav Mikhailov was also forced to resign.

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