Racist incidents during a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against the English national football team in Bulgaria have caused horror. Greg Clarke, chairman of FA, called the event "one of the most terrible nights I've ever seen in football." The FA called for investigations by the European football union Uefa.
The game on Monday evening had been interrupted in the first half twice because of racist comments by Bulgarian fans, several times was shown by Bulgarian spectators in the stands of the Hitler salute. Above all, the English player Tyrone Mings had repeatedly complained to his Croatian referee Ivan Bebek in his international debut that his team-mate Rahim Steerling was discredited with monkey lutes from the stands at every touch. The insults were "pretty clear on the pitch, but we showed a great response and a great deal together, and in the end we let the football speak," Mings said. England won 6-0.
"A shame for football"
English coach Gareth Southgate said: "We know that this is an unacceptable situation, but I think we have managed to make two statements: by winning the game, but also by making everyone aware of the situation when the game was stopped twice. "
"The unfortunate incidents in the game have been treated as well as possible and we're proud of how we handled them," tweeted 26-year-old Mings. "We all made the decision and we are happy that we have returned to the field," he said.
The British Guardian commented on the incident: "In the end, that did not feel like a sporting event, it felt like an open wound, an attack on the basic idea of nations coming together." The sad thing is that nobody will remember football, Daily Mirror wrote. "No one will remember the clear victory, Ross Barkley's appearance as the game's best man, Marcus Rashford's fantastic strike or Raheem Sterling's ingenious double hit, all of them will remember a night that was a disgrace to football."