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Bulgaria v England: Euro 2020 qualifier halted twice due to racist behaviour from fans

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Entea    29,267

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England's Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria was halted twice as fans were warned about racist behaviour including Nazi salutes and monkey chanting. The first pause came in the 28th minute with England leading 2-0. A stadium announcement then condemned the abuse before stating the match would be abandoned if it continued. However, the game was stopped again in the 43rd minute before restarting after discussions between the referee and England manager Gareth Southgate. England went on to win 6-0 in Sofia to strengthen their place at the top of Group A.

What exactly happened during the game?

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After making a pass, England defender Mings glanced over his shoulder and could be heard calling towards the touchline: "Did you hear that?" Within minutes the game was stopped. Striker Harry Kane was in conversation with referee Ivan Bebek on the halfway line while a stadium announcement was made to condemn racist abuse and warn fans that the game could be abandoned if it continued. At the same time, England manager Southgate was talking to a number of his players.

The game resumed but was stopped again just before half-time. Southgate and several England players were in discussion with match officials before the game was restarted for a second time. A group of Bulgaria supporters wearing black hooded tops - some wearing bandanas covering their faces - started to leave the stadium after the game was halted for a second time. BBC Radio 5 Live reported that some made right-wing and racist gestures while heading towards the exits.

After six minutes of time added at the end of the first half because of the delay, Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov was seen in a heated debate with a section of home supporters near the tunnel while the rest of the players headed for the dressing rooms for half-time.

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Entea    29,267

Disgusting that this is still happening in the 21st century :(

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Entea    29,267
20 minutes ago, Urbanov said:

Disqualify them twats

They shouldn't punish the team for what their stupid fans do tho

I think even the Bulgarian captain got into a heated discussion with his fans about it

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Gravity    892

The fact they think this is  cool, edgy and anti SJW, PC culture or whatever when they didn't live through 1939-1945 and understand its implications. If war broke out they'd be probably the first ones to shit their pants. 

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Urbanov    46,891
8 hours ago, Entea said:

They shouldn't punish the team for what their stupid fans do tho

I think even the Bulgarian captain got into a heated discussion with his fans about it

They should, cause that will give their fans a lesson - as a result they won’t see their team playing in a tournament. 

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Disgusting. 

 

But i wish they just filmed inside the changing rooms before/after matches instead of the matches themselves. It would be much more enjoyable that way. 

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Cl!t    496
1 minute ago, Freaky Prince said:

Soccer fans are truly a breed of its own gag1 

We’re the soccer fans of music sis lbr gag1

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Freaky Prince    33,509
1 minute ago, Cl!t said:

We’re the soccer fans of music sis lbr gag1

We're light years behind that travesty gag1 

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