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Depressing Scenes As Vile Racist Abuse Mars England-Bulgaria Match

England cruised to an easy 6-0 victory in their Euro 2020 qualification tie with Bulgaria in Sofia. 

However, the match has been marred by vile racist abuse from the home supporters and the game was stopped twice in the first half as a result.

There were reports of monkey chants coming from sections of the home crowd while nazi salutes have been a common feature throughout.

The match was first stopped on 27 minutes, soon after England went 2-0 up and an announcement was made over the tannoy. The announcement was step one of UEFA’s protocol for dealing with racist chants. The second is another appeal over the PA system; if that fails, the referee should abandon the match.

The match was stopped for a second time just before the break and it resumed just in time to see Raheem Sterling make it 4-0 to send England into halftime with a sizeable lead.

At the break, Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov looked to have been pleading with the home supporters to stop the racist chanting. There was also a sizeable number of home supporters leaving the stadium after the second stoppage.

A third stoppage would lead to the abandoning of the game but despite reports of chants still taking place in the second half, the match continued and England recorded a 6-0 win.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter