England's Euro 2020 qualifier halted due to alleged racist abuse in Bulgaria
Added 10-15-19 02:36:03am EST - “England's Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria was temporarily halted twice after the visiting players reported racist chanting and Nazi salutes from the home crowd to the referee.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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England's black players who were targeted with vile racist abuse tonight silenced Bulgarian fans with a 6-0 rout in a game which was halted twice by the referee because of the chants.
Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling scored while Tyrone Mings enjoyed a fine debut in defence, despite all three being the subject of jeering, monkey chants and Nazi salutes from the home fans.
After the Bulgarian FA rubbishing Gareth Southgate's concerns about racism before the Euro 2020 qualifier tonight, it took only 30 minutes for official Ivan Bebel to stop the game after being alerted by Mings about the abuse.
The referee implemented the first of UEFA's three-step protocol, involving a statement being read out over the PA system requesting supporters stop their behaviour. There was later another stoppage moments before half-time, but the referees and players decided to play on for the rest of the half in spite of the ugly chanting.
The stadium announcer said: 'Because of racist behaviour which is interfering with the game the referee has indicated that he will suspend the match. Please be in no doubt that the game will be suspended and even abandoned. Let everyone enjoy the game. Say no to racism.'
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