Gareth Southgate comments anger Bulgarian FA ahead of England return game in Sofia

The Bulgarian Football Union has clarified Gareth Southgate’s racism concerns as”groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary”.
Speaking in the wake of an alleged episode during England’s 4-0 triumph over Bulgaria in Wembley past weekend, manager Southgate said civic abuse was a”concern” before the return match in Sofia in October.
England’s players are understood by Sky Sports to have held discussions over whether to walk off the pitch future if some of them are the topic of racist comments.
But the BFU has composed Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, to UEFA and Southgate’s manager, to state its unhappiness.
The words of southgate came later Raheem Sterling was alleged abuse at Wembley Saturday’s target.
An off supporter was ejected in the floor after a steward overheard him leaving an alleged racist comment towards the Manchester City ahead during the game.
“Yes, it’s a concern,” Southgate said about the return match. “It’s something that we have already planned.
“We have already planned our program looks like and we’re likely to talk about it with all the players until we go, because we’re aware that there’s background there and we would like to be sure we’re all ready for what could happen and exactly how we want to respond.”
Next month’s qualifier will be England’s very first trip to Bulgaria since September 2011, if racist abuse in Sofia overshadowed a 3-0 triumph.
Ashley Young was exposed to monkey chants during that game, however the Bulgarian Football Union merely obtained a 40,000 euros (#35,500) good by UEFA for”discriminatory” chanting and for its lighting and throwing of fireworks.
However, the BFU has responded angrily to the comments of Southgate.
“The president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihaylov sent a formal letter to the UEFA General Secretary Mr. Theodore Theodoridis and also the chairman of the English FA Mr. Greg Clarke expressing his indignation and disappointment after the public remarks by Mr. Gareth Southgate and the suggestions that the English players will soon be subject to racial abuse from the Bulgarian supporters in the approaching European qualifier in Sofia on October 14th,” a statement read.
“The BFU viewpoints such behavior as groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary before the exciting and important soccer game which Bulgarian lovers have been looking to in the past year.
“We have not received any official information regarding discriminatory language used by a Bulgarian supporter in Wembley Stadium.
“Even though that would be the case, but we think that generalisations and the development of needless tension by authorized members of this English team is totally unacceptable and in contradiction with the spirit of mutual respect and fair play, the center values of both UEFA and the BFU.”
The Vasil Levski National Stadium will be partly closed for England trip on account of the behaviour of the supporters from the 2-1 loss in the Czech Republic in June.
At least 5,000 seats will be fresh for Southgate’s men’s visit and can display a banner using the wording’#EqualGame’.
Bulgaria’s return fixture against the Czechs can also be due to be performed at a partially-closed ground as a result of racist behavior in the 3-2 home loss within their June fixture that is other.

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