Southgate fears further racist abuse in Bulgaria

Southgate fears further racist abuse in Bulgaria
Gareth Southgate

London - It is a concern. We're aware that there is history there, Southgate said



By Reuters

Published: Thu 12 Sep 2019, 10:32 PM

Last updated: Fri 13 Sep 2019, 12:51 AM

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 "discriminatory abuse" during Saturday's 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Bulgaria.
"It is a concern. We're aware that there is history there and we want to make sure that we're all prepared for what might happen," Southgate, who plans to consult his players before the Oct. 14 encounter, told British media. 
"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."
Bulgarian supporters made monkey chants at England's black players when the side last visited Sofia in 2011, prompting Uefa to fine the Bulgarian Football Union 40,000 euros ($44,000).
 
 


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