England manager Gareth Southgate fears further racist abuse in Bulgaria

England manager Gareth Southgate fears his players might be exposed to more racial abuse when they face Bulgaria at Sofia.
Raheem Sterling had been the goal of alleged abuse by a Bulgaria enthusiast during England win at Wembley on Saturday, although he was exposed to abuse within another Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro earlier this season.
Southgate fears the problem could last when England traveling to Sofia on October 14.
“Yes, it is a concern,” he explained. “It’s something which we have already planned.
“We’ve already planned what our program looks like and we’re likely to discuss it with all the players before we proceed, because we are aware that there is history there and we need to be certain we’re all prepared for what might happen and the way we want to react.
“So, we are going to address that if we all get back together. We didn’t believe it was correct to do it this month since it’s too much off in the matches, but we must expect… we’re not confident that we will go there and nothing else will happen.”
Racism overshadowed england trip to Bulgaria in September 2011, together with Ashley Cole subjected to monkey chants during a Euro 2012 qualifier, Theo Walcott and Ashley Young.
The Football Union (BFS) was only fined #34,000 from UEFA for”discriminatory” chanting and to get its lighting and casting of fireworks.
The Vasil Levski National Stadium will be partially closed for the visit in October of England as punishment because of its racist behaviour of the supporters from the loss from the Czech Republic in June.
Southgate has concerns on the behaviour of England fans on the upcoming trips to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Violence involving some England supporters marred the current Nations League finals in Southgate and Portugal has urged supporters when overseas, to behave.
“It should be a given – sadly it isn’t,” he explained. “Regrettably, we’re going to some place where people go, travel anyway for nighttime out from our nation.
“What we do not need to see is behaviour that I’m afraid happens on our very own high roads, so it is not something that is only England fans.
“I am fearful it is a social issue of people with alcohol unable to control themselves. But we certainly do not need to be accepting that overseas and that being a representation of our country.”

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