England’s Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria in Sofia was stopped twice in the first half as the fans were warned about racist behaviour.
Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley managed to score twice whilst Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane also got on the scoresheet to come away with a 6-0 win and three points.
But that very nearly didn’t happen with the game close to being abandoned with the stadium announcer condemning the racism and warned if it continued then the match would be stopped.
Some Bulgarians doing Nazi salutes at the game tonight… ? pic.twitter.com/nNpPRIu9DO
— Football Away Days (@FBAwayDays) October 14, 2019
A group of ‘ultras’ in the Bulgaria end allegedly made monkey noises, can be heard booing the black players of England’s squad and seen giving Nazi salutes.
Tyrone Mings notifying the linesman of racial abuse on his England debut tonight. Absolutely shocking how Mings’ debut will be remembered. Those fans are a disgrace. ?? pic.twitter.com/Hm4su7azth
— EPL Bible (@EPLBible) October 14, 2019
The majority of England fans sounded it out by chanting “You racist bastards, you know what you are” as well as “Who put the ball in the racists nets? Half our fucking team did!” and “You know what you are, You know what you are, You racist bastards, You know what you are”.
England fans chanting: "Who put the ball in the racists net? Raheem f**king Sterling!" pic.twitter.com/GxCyzSRTCB
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) October 14, 2019
One fan on social media tried to claim that England fans were giving Nazi gestures, however that turned out to be false as it was in fact an old photo from when the Three Lions were in Dortmund back in 2017. He was handed a ban by the FA.
hey also psa there were england fans being racist as well pic.twitter.com/OhLHfXToJ7
— evie ♡ (@_evielily_) October 14, 2019
After the game, the Football Association condemned the abuse form the home fans, saying: “We can confirm that England players were subjected to abhorrent racist chanting while playing in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria.
“This is unacceptable at any level of the game and our immediate focus is supporting the players and staff involved.
“As we are sadly aware, this is not the first time our players have been subjected to this level of abuse and there is no place for this kind of behaviour in society, let alone in football. We will be asking Uefa to investigate as a matter of urgency.”
After coming across videos and photos of the abuse and gestures shown in the article, fans took to slam the culprits – see what they wrote on the next page.