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Euro-2020: England calls for "urgent inquiry" at UEFA on racist cries in Sofia

2019-10-14T21:40:33.847Z

Euro-2020: England calls for "urgent inquiry" at UEFA on racist cries in Sofia



London (AFP)

The British Football Federation (FA) announced on Monday night that it will ask UEFA to investigate the racist cries of some of its players in the 6-0 win against Bulgaria in Sofia.

"We can confirm that English players have been the target of horrible racist songs during the Euro-2020 qualifier against Bulgaria, which is unacceptable at any level of competition," wrote the FA in its official report. communicated.

"We will ask UEFA an urgent inquiry" on these facts, continues the Federation which emphasizes being "sadly aware that this is not the first time that [his] players are targeted by this type of insults".

During the game in Montenegro already, English players had been the target of cries of monkeys.

The match against Bulgaria was briefly interrupted twice by the referee during the first period, even though he decided not to bring both teams into the locker room.

A fringe of the audience at the Vassil-Levski stadium - already in private lock-up after similar incidents in June during a match against Kosovo - verbally attacked the black players of the squad. England: Defender Tyrone Mings and strikers Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling.

In accordance with the UEFA protocol, the referee first had an announcement made by the stadium announcer asking the responsible supporters to stop at half an hour of play.

Then, just at the end of regulation time in the first period he had a long talk with the officials, the English and Bulgarian teams, and finally decided to play six minutes of additional time until the break.

On the sporting side, England did not do any detail by winning 6-0 in Bulgaria and took a big step towards qualifying for the Euro-2020.

© 2019 AFP

Source: france24

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